Houthi FM accuses coalition of collectively punishing Yemenis

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-09-10 | Since 5 Month

Houthi FM Hisham Sharaf

Houthi FM Hisham Sharaf accused on Monday the Saudi-led coalition and the Yemeni internationally-recognized government of continuing "deliberately aggressive, provocative policies in tightening the blockade and creating shortages in food and petroleum supplies."

Houthi foreign ministry has sent letters to the UN Secretary-General, and head and members of both the UN Security Council and UN HR Council in objection of Saudi, Emirati and Yemeni persistent policy of collective punishment against Yemeni people, the Sana'a-based Saba quoted Sharaf as saying.

Yemen has been racked by a war, between the Iranian-backed Houthis and the internationally-recognized government, that has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

Houthi FM accused the Yemeni government backed by coalition of hindering all international efforts for political settlement.

Sana'a authority seeks "fair, honorable peace, if there is serious, sincere tendency to find inclusive political solution," he claimed, vowing that Sana'a "is fully prepared for military reaction to any escalation."

He called for fuel tankers to not be detained, siege on Hodeida to be lifted and Sana'a airport to be reopened.

Houthi petroleum authorities often accuse coalition of delaying the entry of fuel vessels.

Last April, the CBY introduced a new standard mechanism, to cover oil exports into the country, between the bank, local commercial banks and suppliers.

On April 9, the legitimate government called on qualified oil suppliers in Houthi-held areas to apply the mechanism governing the oil trade to all Yemeni ports.

"The newly adopted mechanism obliges oil suppliers and distributers to deal in rial through permitted banks," the Aden-based CBY said, noting that suppliers will, in return, be reimbursed in hard moneys.

The move comes as part of the government's determination to further stabilize rial and thus serve national economy, said a statement issued then by the government-run Economic Committee.

It stated it would cooperate with oil suppliers in bringing shipments into any port under government control and then transporting them to Houthi-held areas under international supervision, as part of applying the government relevant resolution.

A UN panel tasked with monitoring of sanctions on Yemen said last January, in its 2018 report, that Houthis received at least US$ 300 million a year in revenues of fuel shipped from Iran's ports to fund their war against the Saudi-backed official government of Hadi.

The rebels also collect annually some US$ 740 million in the form of revenues from firms and permit fees from communication, tobacco and other companies, according to the report.

Fees imposed on fuel imports through Hodeida port provide the Iranian-backed group with no less than US$ 300 million, in addition to revenues from fuel sold at black market, the paned said noting that the Houthis had several resources including customs levies collected at rebel-held Red Sea ports and Dhamar City.

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