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Wooden dhows crammed with second-hand Japanese cars have been sailing unhindered into Yemeni ports for the past three years despite rigid wartime controls on imports of aid and other vital supplies. Like many Yemeni traders, Ali al-Mahry jumped at this chance to turn a profit by supplying customers at home with cars bought cheaply at auction in the United Arab Emirates.The cars have become a nice earner for traders in both the UAE and Yemen. Yemeni dealers gather daily at Dubai's Al-Aweer Auto Market to bid as a big screen flashes prices for Japanese cars, with as many as 80 sold in a day at one auction house.Once sold, the automobiles are taken to Port Khaled, where up to 200 vehicles are stacked onto each dhow. Such cars can sell for as little as $1,000 at online auctions in Japan.
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