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Saudi-led coalition impounds 4th Yemen-bound oil tanker

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows an oil tanker off Yemen’s coast. (Via Tasnim News Agency)

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has been waging a war on Yemen for the past seven years has impounded a fourth oil tanker bound for the impoverished country.

The vessel was confiscated as it was heading towards the western al-Hudaydah port city, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported on Tuesday, citing the country’s Oil Company.

The company said the tanker was towed away, although, it had already obtained the documentation that is required by the United Nations to authorize it to carry the crude for the destination.

It condemned, what it called, “Saudi piracy taking place in front of the eyes of the world.”

According to the company, three such vessels have already been impounded in the same way by the coalition.

Estimates provided by al-Masirah show that the Saudi-led forces have been plundering 85 percent of the profit that is made from the resources extracted from Yemen’s oil and gas fields.

The coalition invaded Yemen in March 2015 to return the country’s control to a Riyadh-friendly former government.

It has so far fallen way short of the goal. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have, however, died ever since amid the aggression and a simultaneous siege that the forces have been imposing on the entire nation.

Yemen’s defense forces, which comprise the country’s army and Popular Committees, have been retaliating heavily against the invaders. They have vowed not to lay down their arms until their country’s complete liberation.

The combined forces have been making sweeping advances in the strategic west-central province of Ma’rib. The province hosts vast and rich oil reserves that the coalition has been depending on to pay off its mercenaries.

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