Yemeni gov't warns of environmental disaster on Red Sea

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-07-14 | Since 8 Month

((Safir floating reservoir in Hodeida))

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The Yemeni internationally-recognized government warned on Saturday anew of environmental disaster on Red Sea as a result of leakage from Safir floating reservoir in Hodeida.

On Twitter, the government posted a footage warning that sea life and neighboring coasts are at great risk, if the disaster occurs.

The government said it had repeatedly asked the UN to pressure Houthis into allowing for technical check and maintenance for the tank from which oil had already leaked following corrosion.

The reservoir is a tanker (410tons in weight)that contains more than one million barrels of oil and has not undergone maintenance for more than 4 years, according to the footage.

Before the war outbreak, the state-owned Safir vessel received the production of five oil companies, in preparation for exportation and supplying Aden Refinery with crude.

Last May, the United Nations sent technical team to check the tank, but Houthis denied them access, said the government.

On July 2, Premier Maeen Abdulmalek called the UN and international community to help introduce solutions for the eroded tank.

The government has provided the UN with all facilities to tackle the issue, PM told the UN Humanitarian CoordinatorLise Grande in Aden.

On June 25, the government asked for UN pressures to get Houthi permit for UN team's access to the reservoir.

Since 27 May, the Houthi group has been persistently denying the UN team access to the tank for initial assessment, said a letter sent by foreign undersecretary Mohamed al-Hadhrami to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The government held Houthis responsible for any environmental disaster.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.

Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire and redeployment of both sides' forcesin Hodeida. But rivals disagreed later in terms of construing the deal's provisions.

 


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