Ammar al-Adra’i, executive director of the Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) has warned of the collapse of all service sectors in the coming days due to the continued detention of fuel vessels by Saudi-led coalition countries at sea and the denial of their entry into the port of Hodeidah.
The move came during a protest held in front of the UN headquarters in the capital Sana’a.
The protest was organized by YPC employees, and titled “Piracy against fuel ships is a comprehensive crime done with United Nations partnership”.
Al-Adra’i called on the world to intervene to put pressure coalition countries and the United Nations to launch detained fuel ships and break the blockade of the port of Hodeidah.
He said the coalition countries are still holding 10 oil ships, despite them receiving UN permits, blaming coalition countries and the UN for the repercussions of the continued detention of the fuel vessels.
In a statement issued by the protesters, calling on the UN secretary general to review the positions of his special envoy, who underestimates the humanitarian issue in Yemen and did not give priority to the detention of the fuel ships the space they deserve, which contributed to the worsening of the humanitarian crisis.
The statement renewed the call for the UN to put pressure on the aggression coalition to release all the detained fuel ships, lift the ban on Sana’a International Airport and Ras Issa port, and to safeguard the Yemeni economy from being targeted.