Sana'a (Debriefer) The Saudi-led coalition has denied two oil tankers access to the Yemeni western port of Hodeida, spokesman for the Houthi-run Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) said Monday, days after the UN-brokered humanitarian truce was renewed.
The Arab coalition seized the ship 'Viviane' with 30,314 tons of diesel onboard, Esam al-Mutawakil said, although the UN inspected and cleared the tanker.
The detention of 'Viviane' comes two days after the coalition prevented the arrival of the ship 'Foss Power', denying access to 22,915 tons of fuel oil and 7,296 tons of diesel, the Houthi official added.
The Arab coalition continues "piracy practices against oil tankers, ignoring all the efforts aimed to alleviate the Yemeni people's suffering," he said.
Last Thursday, the UN special envoy said the Yemeni government and Houthi group agreed to extend the 2-month truce under the same terms.
Under the UN-brokered truce, oil tankers have been allowed access to the Houthi-held port of Hodeida, Sana'a airport was reopened, and Taiz siege should (and has yet to) be lifted.
The Saudi-led coalition was mandated by the UN Security Council to inspect every vessel heading for Yemeni ports.