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Saudi-led coalition seizes fuel vessel bound for Yemen
Since the initial truce was implemented, the Saudi-led coalition has violated it several times by preventing humanitarian fuel shipments from entering Yemen
By News Desk - June 04 2022
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The Saudi-led coalition seized a fuel ship bound for Yemen on 3 June, in direct violation of the UN-sponsored truce agreement that was extended only one day earlier.

The Force Power tanker, carrying 22,915 tons of fuel and 7,296 tons of diesel, was scheduled to dock at Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, the spokesperson for the Yemeni National Oil Company, Essam al-Mutawakil, said.

The vessel was impounded despite being inspected and cleared by UN authorities, Al-Mutawakil added.

Since the initial implementation of the ceasefire on 2 April, the Saudi-led coalition has impounded several humanitarian fuel shipments bound for Yemen in blatant violation of the agreement.

A few of the ships seized by Riyadh were allowed to enter Yemeni waters after prolonged delays.

A military official told Yemen’s Saba News Agency on 5 May that within a month of the start of the truce, coalition forces had committed 5,365 violations of the truce agreement.

The official said the violations of the Saudi-led coalition included “offensive operations, infiltration attempts, air raids, flights of warplanes, Apache and spy planes, missile and artillery targets, and extensive targeting with bullets.”

According to the news agency, these violations led to the death and injury of a number of citizens, as well as damage to properties and farms.

Meanwhile, coalition troops continued to detain and delay the arrival of fuel vessels, while also preventing flights to and from Sanaa International Airport.

It is unclear what convinced Sanaa and Riyadh to agree to a renewal of the truce at the last minute.

Saudi Arabia and its regional allies have been waging a brutal war on Yemen since 2015, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead, millions displaced, and destroying the country’s infrastructure in what the UN has described as “one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.”

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