Saudi-led coalition seizes another oil vessel bound for Yemen in violation of UN ceasefire
The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) said the Saudi-led coalition, in flagrant violation of a UN-sponsored ceasefire agreement to end the tight siege and devastating military campaign against the country, banned a ship bound for Yemen carrying tons of fuel from docking at the port of Hudaydah.
Essam al-Mutawakel, a YPC spokesman, said in a tweet on Monday that the Saudi-led coalition had seized the vessel named Princess Halima, which was carrying thousands of tons of diesel fuel, despite obtaining UN authorization.
Mutawakel added that the Riyadh-led military alliance forced the ship to sail to Jizan port, which is Saudi Arabia’s third largest, and seized it there.
Governs #الديزل ” برنسيس حليمة” حيث انه بعد تفتيشها ومنحها تصريح دخول الى ميناء الحديدة أجبروها أن تتوجه الى منطقة الاحتجاز قبالة سواحل جيزان ،وبذلك يرتفع عدد السفن المحتجزة الى 10 سفن وقود . pic.twitter.com/yDKmvU5kU3
— عصام المتوكل (@YPCSpokesperson) September 5, 2022
The latest incident brings to ten the number of oil tankers seized by the coalition despite being inspected, the senior Yemeni energy official noted.
Mutawakel pointed out that the continued detention of oil vessels bound for Yemen will result in substantial fines due to long delays in unloading cargoes, and will subsequently increase the suffering of the Yemeni nation.
The YPC spokesperson held the Saudi-led aggression coalition and the United Nations fully responsible for the adverse humanitarian and economic repercussions of the ongoing blockade.
The detention of oil vessels and the general ban on their navigation to the port of Hudaydah have further worsened living conditions in Yemen, Mutawakel pointed out.
Last month, the UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said the extended UN-sponsored truce, from August 2 to October 2, included a commitment by the parties to intensify negotiations to reach a extended truce agreement as soon as possible.
Under the terms of the truce, commercial flights resumed from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to Jordan and Egypt, while tankers were able to dock in the vital port city of al-Hudaydah.
Moreover, in accordance with the agreement, the coalition has agreed to end its attacks on Yemeni soil and to end a simultaneous siege it imposes on Yemen.
Yemen, however, has reported numerous truce violations by Saudi-led forces.
Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in conjunction with its Arab allies and with military and logistical support from the United States and other Western states.
The aim was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which runs state affairs in the absence of a functioning government in Yemen.
While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its goals, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.