A Yemeni court sentenced to death four men involved in a Shi'ite rebellion in its northern provinces bordering Saudi Arabia on Oct. 27, while Iran denied a Yemeni claim to have seized a ship with arms for the rebels. On Oct. 26, Yemen said it had impounded a vessel carrying weapons destined for the rebels of the Zaidi Shi'ite sect and detained its Iranian crew at the Red Sea port of Medi, in Haja province bordering the area of conflict. Iran's Arabic language television channel Al-Alam reported "informed Iranian sources" saying that no Iranian vessel delivering weapons to the rebels was stopped, and describing the story as a "media fabrication." (Reuters)

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