The Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) has reiterated its confirmation that the Saudi-led coalition continues its piracy on all fuel ships without exception and continues to detain them since the announcement of the temporary truce.
“ The coalition forces still detaining a number of fuel ships for varying periods totaling 314 days, since the announcement of the interim truce agreement. The period of delay in Djibouti exceeds (152) days pending inspection and obtaining entry permits to the ports of Hodeidah from the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM),” the YPC said in a statement.
“Only 33 fuel ships out of 54 ships arrived in Hodeidah during the period of the truce (April-September), of which only four were released on August 2, at the end of the first extension of the truce.” According to the statement, no fuel vessel was released during the second extension of the truce.
The statement said fuel shipments incurred delay fines during the truce period amounting to $11 million due to the coalition’s piracy, detention and delays in their entry into Hodeidah ports. The number of fuel ships currently detained has reached nine fuel ships, all of which have UN entry permits.
The UN’s complicity with the coalition has contributed seriously to exacerbating the clear violations of the interim truce agreement.
“The UN complicity is no longer limited to silence and ignoring the restrictions and obvious obstacles to the movement of fuel ships, but has become in the field of active participation in the blockade through the coordinates and instructions sent by the UNIVM to the ships authorized to go to the detention area and stay there waiting for the “permit” by the coalition to allow them to reach the ports of Hodeidah,” the statement read.
The YPC held the coalition’s forces along with the UN fully responsible for all direct and indirect humanitarian and economic consequences of the supply situation’s deterioration and the inability to provide vital sectors with fuel that may have resulted from the ongoing tight blockade on fuel ships.