Houthis accuse "legitimate" gov.t of putting pressure to introduce contaminated oil products shipment

Sana`a (Debriefer)
2019-09-16 | Since 5 Month

Port of Hodeida

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The Yemeni Petroleum company (YPC) in Sana'a, controlled by the Houthi group Ansar Allah, accused the Yemeni government's internationally recognized Higher Economic Committee of putting pressure and “trying to impose a fait accompli” to introduce a contaminated oil derivatives shipment.

The YPC of Sanaa said in a statement published by the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV, that it refused to unload the ship (HELEN-M) from diesel at the port of Hodeida under the pretext of "non-conformity and contamination."

The company claimed that the so-called "forces of aggression" and "Aden Committee" is trying to impose a fait accompli to unload the contaminated diesel shipment by continuing to detain oil derivatives ships.

It was considered that the "allowing this consignment will have a significant impact on public and private lives and property."

The statement noted that "the only contaminated diesel ship remaining in the submersible port of Hodeida and there are attempts to exploit the need of citizens for graft. "

The statement blamed the Saudi-led  Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, the Yemeni government, and the international community to take full responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the continued detention of oil derivatives vessels at sea.

The company called on the United Nations, the international community and all humanitarian and human rights organizations to put pressure on the coalition and the government "legitimate" for "the speedy release of all ships of oil derivatives detained without any justification," according to the statement.

Yemen has been racked by a 5-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi group who ousted the government in 2014.

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) have repeatedly accused the Arab coalition of detaining oil derivatives ships and refusing to allow them to enter the port of Hodeida in the west of the country, which is controlled by the group, which describes the coalition's actions as "arbitrary" and aims to "tighten the noose on the Yemeni people and increase their suffering".

In April, the government's economic committee issued a decree banning the importation of any oil shipment except through the Central Bank of Yemen, headquartered in the southern city of Aden.

In March last year, Yemeni President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi issued a decree to liberalize the oil derivatives market and allow all companies and individuals to import and sell in all Yemeni ports, including those controlled by the Houthi group (Ansar Allah) in order to facilitate trade procedures to enter the needs of the Yemeni people and easing the prices of basic materials, including oil derivatives.

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