The Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC)’s spokesperson, Issam al-Mutawakel, has on Wednesday revealed that Yemen is witnessing the most severe fuel crisis since the start of the war and the siege on Yemen seven years ago.
In a statement to the media, al-Mutawakel confirmed that the queues of citizens’ cars waiting to fill up with gasoline extend more than three kilometers in front of stations in several provinces.
الشعب اليمني يعاني من أزمة خانقة في الوقود نأمل من المبعوث الأممي هانس غروندبرغ @OSE_Yemen أن يكون له دور فعال لتخفيف المعاناة من خلال الضغط لإدخال سفينة #البنزين الإسعافية "قيصر" والتي بإمكانها تخفيف معاناة المواطن اليمني الواقف على طوابير وصلت الى 3.6 كم#YemenCantWait pic.twitter.com/K5Q2mYwDe2
— عصام المتوكل (@YPCSpokesperson) March 1, 2022
He stated that “the initiative of the oil company to eliminate the manifestations of the oil derivatives crisis is still on the table, provided that oil tankers are allowed to access the port of Hodeidah.”
“The arbitrary measures imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on the entry of oil ships imposed forcible purchase from the UAE,” al-Mutawakel explained.
“Despite the ships being taken to the port of Djibouti for inspection and having granted entry permits, piracy still continues and ships are taken to the port of Jizan,” the spokesperson said.
He continued, “We always wonder about the feasibility of granting oil ships UN permits and about the justifications for the coalition’s piracy in international waters.”
Earlier in the day, the YPC spokesman had announced that the coalition had prevented the gasoline ship Caesar from entering the port of Hodeidah, despite it having obtained UN permits.