Despite UN clearance, Saudi coalition seizes another ship carrying tons of fuel off Yemen

Despite UN clearance, Saudi coalition seizes another ship carrying tons of fuel off Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition waging war against Yemen has seized another ship carrying thousands of tons of fuel although it had received United Nations clearance.

On Wednesday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network cited Essam al-Mutawakel, a spokesman for the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC), as saying that the Saudi-led coalition seized the ship, ‘Princess Khadija’, which was carrying “29,923 tons of diesel and mazut.”

He noted that the vessel was banned from docking at Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hudaydah despite its humanitarian nature and although it had been inspected and received UN clearance.

According to al-Masirah, the coalition had on Thursday seized two ships belonging to private-sector factories that were carrying more than 51,000 tons of fuel.

Earlier this year, Yemen’s Minister of Oil and Minerals Ahmad Abdullah Dares warned that the Saudi seizure of ships carrying petroleum products could lead to the suspension of the service sectors and cause “a humanitarian catastrophe.”

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