Yemen experiences worst fuel crisis in 60 years: YPC

Publish May 25, 2021
oil and gas

SANA'A, May 24 (Saba) – Yemen currently is suffering from the worst fuel crisis it has ever experienced in 60 years, causing the world's biggest humanitarian disaster as oil ships are still detained by the US-Saudi aggression coalition, the executive director of the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) said Monday.

During a protest organized by the company's employees in front of the United Nations office in the capital Sana'a, Ammar al-Adhraei said that the forces of the US-Saudi aggression are still holding 5 oil ships, which are a ship loaded with fuel oil and 4 ships loaded with 116,236 tons of gasoline and diesel for varying periods of more than five months.

'This crisis occurs while the United Nations is doing nothing but a shameful include,' he said, wondering how they can deprive 26 million citizens of the most basic necessities of life, primarily oil derivatives.

'How can they seek peace in Yemen while they are besieging and preventing the people from fuel?' he asked.

Since the beginning of 2021, the aggression has not allowed even one liter of gasoline to enter the port of Hodeida and for diesel, they only allow one ship loaded just 4 percent of the actual need, he said.

A statement issued by the company condemned the international silence and inaction towards the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of the aggression's blockade and piracy on fuel ships. It also called on the humanitarian and human rights organizations in the whole world to act hard to lift the siege, release the oil ships and prevent their detention in the future.


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