The authorities in Yemen have banned people from carrying firearms in the capital Sanaa and other provincial centres.
The interior ministry said that this would prevent violent incidents and help maintain security and order in the main cities of the country.
In the past, one of the main problems that the authorities have had to deal with in maintaining law and order is the fact that tribes in the country are well armed.
According to a report on Arabic daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat, this is just another step in a process that began in April when the government launched a campaign to shut down shops selling guns without a licence.
Until a few months ago, it was normal to see armed men selling weapons on the streets of Sanaa and in local shops.
The government has also spent millions of dollars buying weapons from ordinary civilians.
In the past three months the authorities have seen entire families handing over bombs, artillery and anti-aircraft guns to the authorities.
The citizens of Sanaa have until 1 September to hand over the weapons to the authorities.
After that those found with firearms will be arrested.
Although Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world, unofficial estimates suggest there may be 60 million firearms in the country.
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