Saudi-led coalition seizes 13th Yemeni fuel vessel
This marks the 13th illegal seizing of a Yemeni fuel vessel by the Saudi-led coalition during the last extension of armistice.
The Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) in Sanaa announced on Thursday that the Saudi-led coalition seized a new fuel vessel, bringing the number of seized fuel vessels to 13 during the last extension of the UN-brokered ceasefire.
The company’s spokesman, Issam Al-Mutawakel, said in a tweet today that the US-led Saudi coalition of aggression, with the participation of the UN, continues to violate the temporary truce and detained the diesel ship Daytona despite it being searched and obtaining an entry permit from the United Nations, thus bringing the total number of seized fuel ships to 13.
He pointed out that\ preventing fuel ships from entering the port of Al-Hudaydah, despite obtaining UN permits, is a flagrant violation of the provisions of the armistice, covenants, and international and humanitarian laws.
The last Yemeni ship that was detained was only two days ago.
Al-Mutawakel called on countries and organizations that claim their concern for peace by seeking to extend the truce to oblige the coalition of aggression to implement the terms of the truce, especially its points related to the entry of fuel ships to the port of Al-Hudaydah and not to be detained in the future.
In July, the Minister of Oil and Minerals in the Sanaa government Ahmad Dares said that "the volume of looted crude oil during the period from 2018 to July of this year is estimated at 130 million barrels," adding that "the total value of looted oil revenues from 2018 to July amounts to $9.5 billion dollars."
On September 5, the head of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Al-Mashat, confirmed during a meeting with Sanaa government Defense Minister Major General Nasser Al-Atifi that "no breach of the armistice will be accepted," stressing "the necessity of disbursing all salaries of state employees and restoring the looted oil and gas revenues."
Al-Mashat noted that "the standing status quo forces the coalition of aggression to release the detained ships," assuring the Yemeni people that "they are now able to take their legitimate rights" and that "this crisis created by the coalition of aggression will soon come to an end."