Yemeni separatist rebels hijack lorry carrying £200m in banknotes
00:45, Wednesday, 17 June, 2020
A lorry containing Yemeni currency worth £200 million was hijacked and taken “for safe keeping” by a rival faction in the country’s civil war, in the latest skirmish in the “battle of the banknotes”. The vehicle was part of an armoured convoy taking the banknotes from the main port in Yemen’s second city, Aden, on the south coast, to the central bank offices there. The notes, amounting to 64 billion Yemeni rial had just been printed in Russia, which has the contract to produce the currency. They were intercepted by a rival convoy from the Southern Transitional Council (STC), which leads a breakaway faction of the pro-government forces that control the south of Yemen.