Houthis accuse coalition of detaining 13 oil tankers

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-12-04 | Since 3 Week

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The Yemen-based Houthi group accused on Wednesday the Saudi-led coalition of detaining 13 vessels of fuel and food off the Saudi southern port city of Jizan.

The Arab coalition has been detaining the vessels, with fuel and food supplies onboard, "though they had the UN approvals," the Houthi-run al-Masyra TV quoted a source in the rebel-held Hodeida port.

On Tuesday, the Houthi-run Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) in Sana'a said the Arab coalition was detaining five oil tankers carrying 84,837 tons of petrol and 53,004 tons of diesel.

"Despite the UN-Yemen envoy's talk, at his briefing to the UNSC on 22 November, that oil tankers had entered to the Hodeida port and the crisis had been coped with, we confirm that the coalition is still detaining 5 oil tankers," the YPC added in a statement on Facebook.

The Houthi rebels repeatedly accuse the Arab coalition and Yemeni internationally-recognized government of denying oil tankers entry into Hodeida, "to tighten grip on the citizens and deepen their suffering."

But for the Yemeni legitimate government-run Economic Committee, Houthis are to blame for oil tankers non-arrival, as the group "has forced oil suppliers to breach the legitimate government's instructions and controls governing the oil trade."

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