Saudi claims of allowing food and fuel ships to arrive in Hodeidah are lies, Yemeni port authority says

Saudi claims of allowing food and fuel ships to arrive in Hodeidah are lies, Yemeni port authority says

Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation denied what the US-Saudi aggression media propagated as the arrival of dozens of fuel tankers to Hodeidah port.

The Corporation confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that these allegations are “baseless and come in the context of deception, fraud and media war pursued by the US-Saudi aggression.”

“This media war aims to make justification for piracy and the continued tightening of the blockade on the Yemeni ports,obstructing the entry of goods and humanitarian needs,” the statement said.

The statement also indicated that since the beginning of 2021, no fuel tanker has ever reached the port of Hodeidah.

It also indicated that all the fuel tankers listed in the ship traffic activity statistics issued by the competent administration in Hodeidah port under the name “expected to arrive” have not been allowed to enter despite obtaining entry permits from the United Nations.

The statement pointed out that two oil tankers that were planned to arrive at the port of Hodeidah in April 2020, have still not arrived.

The Corporation stressed that the US-Saudi aggression is currently detaining 13 fuel tankers, including nine ships from 2020 and 4 ships from January and February 2021, unlawfully and in violation of all recognised international laws and regulations.

Around 26 million Yemeni citizens are on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the continued detention of ships and the repercussions of this on the various service sectors and sources of food security.

The statement called on the international community, the United Nations, the Security Council, the UN Special Envoy to Yemenz and all international organisations to look at the suffering of the Yemeni people, to stop the aggression, lift the blockade, open Yemeni ports and especially the port of Hodeidah, and allow the entry of oil derivative ships and foodstuff shipments unconditionally.