Breaking fuel oil crisis in Yemen

"Mira" fuel oil ship arrives in Hodeida, 3 other ships on way

Hodeida (Debriefer)
2019-10-17 | Since 4 Year

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The fuel oil ship "Mira" arrived in the draft of the port of Hodeida in western Yemen, at noon on Thursday, carrying on board two combined loads of diesel fuel (13500) tons and diesel (2429) tons.

An official source at the Red Sea Ports Corporation told Debriefer international news agency that "Mira" is out of four ships actually arrived at the port of Hodeida and the other three ships are on their way to the port and are expected to arrive in the next few hours.

The source confirmed that the ship "Mira", one of 12 ships and oil tankers, 11 of which have been held by coalition forces in the Red Sea for 64 days, pointing out that "Mira", "will not go after the discharge to the markets" because it is dedicated to "electricity Hodeida,and the cement factory of Amran."

The Houthi-run Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) on Wednesday announced new measures to provide people with fuel, as oil shortage persists in rebel-held provinces.

Early Thursday, the group started lessening working hours at gas stations to only 5 hours (from 9 am to 12 pm and the 4 to 6 pm), the YPC said in a release, because of the "aggression coalition's continual detention of oil tankers and the low oil reserves in Hodeida storage facilities."

Still, the provision period has been stretched from 3 to 5 days, with every vehicle allowed to refuel 40 litters and consumers refuel on the sixth day, according to the release.

Houthis have repeatedly accused the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni government of deliberately seizing tens of oil tankers and "denying them access to Hodeida port to further sufferings" of Yemenis.

On 5 October, Houthi authorities warned against complications if northern provinces under their control run out of oil derivatives.

On Monday, the internationally-recognized government stated it had allowed conditional entry for ten vessels carrying oil derivatives, to alleviate citizens' suffering, to improve the humanitarian situation and in response to international groups' calls.

On Tuesday, the Houthi group refuted the "false reports" as "desperate attempt to mislead the local and international public opinion."

The official government has blamed the Houthis for the fuel shortage in Houthi-held areas, since "the group has forced oil suppliers to breach the legitimate government's instructions and controls governing the oil trade."

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the official government in 2014.

 The ship "Mira"

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