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Yemen’s National Salvation Government (NSG) has accused the Saudi-led coalition of not abiding by the UN-mediated truce, and also criticized the international organization’s lack of seriousness in implementing its own terms.
On 26 August, the spokesman for the Yemeni Oil Company in Sanaa, Issam al-Mutawakel, told the Al-Masirah TV channel that “since the start of the temporary truce, we agreed for the entry of 54 oil ships, of which only 33 ships have arrived.”
The Saudi-led aggression is currently holding three oil tankers, including two diesel ships for the electricity sector, all of which have UN authorization according to Al-Mutawakel.
Denouncing the meager role play by the UN in not implementing the truce provisions, the Yemeni official said the UN envoy did not move in the required manner to pressure the Saudi aggressors.
“Since the start of the truce, we have not seen a smooth entry of oil tankers, as the UN spokesman claimed,” the official said.
The spokesman claimed the UN is only moving to collect financial aid on behalf of the Yemeni people, while not moving to lift the Saudi blockade.
Since the start of the year, the Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out a looting campaign of Yemen’s natural resources, regularly dispatching tankers to the country’s ports and illegally loading hundreds of millions of dollars-worth in oil onto them to sell abroad.
According to Yemeni officials, in the period since the implementation of the truce on 2 April until its most recent extension on 2 August, the Saudi-led coalition plundered $919.6 million worth of Yemen’s crude oil and natural gas revenues.
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies – with the support of NATO – launched a brutal war on the Arab world’s poorest country in 2015. With the help of Takifiri armed groups, Saudi and Emirati troops have occupied most of Yemen’s resource-rich southern and eastern regions.
The war and occupation have created what the UN describes as one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. An air and sea blockade imposed by Riyadh has also pushed most Yemenis to the brink of famine.