Oil derivatives shortage ends in Houthi-held areas

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-04-27 | Since 5 Year

Oil derivatives shortage ends in Sana'a

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The fuel 'cute' shortage has ended in the capital of Sana'a and other areas under Houthi control, said the rebel-run Yemeni oil company Saturday.

Early on Saturday, "the company provided large quantities of petrol for Sana'a City and all provinces to end the crisis," it added on Facebook.

"All gas stations were opened at 7:00 am and ordered to keep meeting all people's needs," said spokesman for the company.

"Oil supplies continue to be loaded from Hodeida facilities to secure provision stability," he added in a statement seen by Debriefer, although "supplies already delivered to stations are enough to end the crisis."

The coalition is still detaining 11 oil tankers, he claimed warning this would lead to renewed shortages and "resultant catastrophic consequences."

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.

Sana'a City has seen fuel shortage for more than two weeks, with Houthis accusing the Saudi-led coalition of keeping oil vessels in Djibouti and denying them access to Yemen.

Most of gas stations in Sana'a have closed, leaving transportation almost paralyzed and allowing for invigoratedblack market,wherethe20-liter gallon of gasoline has been sold for Yr 20,000 (some 40 dollars), an increase from 7,300 rials.

The official government-run Economic Committee has issued a decision banning the importation of any oil shipment not approved by the Aden-based Central Bank of Yemen, warning that such shipments would be denied access by coalition.

Yemen 4-year war hastriggered 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.

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