A group of the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) was briefed on the conditions in the ports of Salif and Ras Issa, as part of the visits of United Nations representatives to the ports of the governorate.
The UN visit to a number of port facilities comes after Saudi allegations claiming that the port is being used for military purposes by Yemen.
The UN team heard reports from the Deputy Director of Salif Port, Engineer Hussein Nasser Farea, who gave an explanation of the mechanism of work in the port.
Farea stressed the importance of the UN team’s visit to the port to closely see its activity in receiving civilian ships loaded with food and humanitarian aid, and to see the civilian facilities which the forces of aggression claim are used for military purposes.
He said that he considered the allegations of the forces of aggression “mere fabrications and pretexts,” stressing that the Salif port was “free of any military manifestations.”
“Salif port is subject to continuous UN visits, and abides by all international marine requirements and codes, and the procedures in force in international ports. It is devoid of any armed manifestations, military barracks, or warehouses for assembling weapons, and the launching of warships,” Farea said.
The Deputy Director of Salif Port pointed out that the threat of the countries of aggression to target the port will have catastrophic results, and will cause great damage to the livelihood of the Yemeni people, who depend on it mainly to supply relief, medicine and oil supplies.
For his part, the head of the visiting UN team indicated that the visit to Salif Port falls within the activities of the United Nations Monitoring Mission, to see the extent of the port authorities’ commitment to implementing navigational regulations and laws.
He also stressed the UN’s support to end the suffering of the Yemeni people that is caused by any continuation of the war.