Saudi-led coalition detains new fuel vessel off Yemen’s coast
The Saudi-led coalition has been preventing the entry of UN-approved humanitarian fuel shipments to Yemen as part of an illegal naval blockade
By News Desk - October 11 2022

(Photo credit: Middle East Eye)

The Saudi-led coalition detained another vessel carrying diesel off the Yemeni coast on 10 October, according to the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC).

The diesel vessel “Pericles” of Liberian origin was delayed at the ports of Djibouti for inspection and obtaining entry permits by the United Nations Verification and Inspection Commission.

It was later detained by Saudi-led forces in the region, according to the statements made by the spokesman of the Petroleum company Issam al-Mutawakel to Yemeni news agency SABA.

Mutawakel accused the Saudi-led coalition of pirate practices due to their repeated detention of ships carrying humanitarian fuel shipments for the people of Yemen.

The “Pericles” was expected to arrive at the port of Hodeidah.

According to previous reports, the detention of the “Pericles” adds up to 13 seized tankers in total, which have all been detained by the Saudi-led forces.

Yemen’s Ansarallah resistance group has warned foreign oil companies operating in areas under the control of the Saudi-led coalition and its allies about repercussions if oil revenues are not used to pay the salaries of public sector employees.

“Foreign companies that plunder our wealth should take the warning of the leader of the revolution [Abdul-Malik al-Houthi] seriously if the salaries and the other points necessary to renew the truce are not complied with,” the spokesman for the resistance, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, tweeted on 26 September.

In particular, the resistance warned western officials of an “oil for oil” plan that would take aim at strategic facilities belonging to the Saudi-led coalition which benefit their western backers.

The Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in 2015 with the goal to restore the western-backed government.

The aggressions launched against the people of Yemen have resulted in the deaths of nearly 400,000 people and displaced millions more. The UN describes it as “one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.”

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