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Saudi-led coalition seizes Yemen-bound fuel tanker despite truce

This file picture shows a cargo ship and oil tanker ship sitting idle while docked at the port of Hudaydah, Yemen. (Photo by AP)

The Saudi-led coalition forces have impounded another Yemen-bound oil tanker carrying thousands of tons of fuel for the crisis-stricken country in blatant breach of a two-month ceasefire brokered by the United Nations.

The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) in a statement on Friday said the coalition did not allow the Princess Khadija tanker, which was carrying 29,226 tons of diesel fuel, to dock at Yemen’s strategic western port of Hudaydah and offload its cargo.

The company added that the ship was impounded despite being inspected and cleared for the port call by the United Nations staff.

This is not the first time the Saudi-led coalition has seized Yemen-bound fuel ships notwithstanding the truce that went into effect at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Saudi-led coalition, which imposed war on Yemen in 2015, has maintained a crippling siege on the Arab country, depriving people of essential needs such as food and medicine.

The blockade was imposed in 2015, the same year that Saudi Arabia along with its Arab allies launched a devastating air raid on its southern neighbor.

Ansarullah asks US to stop cleaning up Saudi-led coalition’s image

The spokesman for the popular Ansarullah resistance movement has called on the United Nations and its special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg to stop burnishing the Saudi-led coalition’s image after the first group of freed prisoners from the Yemeni army and fighters from their allied Popular Committees arrived in the country’s southern coastal city of Aden.

Mohammed Abdulsalam asked the world body not to pay attention to the Saudi government’s propaganda, which seeks to distort facts and buttress the Saudi regime’s image.

The Ansarullah spokesman also called on Grundberg to play his role responsibly and impartially.

He stressed that the adoption of ambiguous positions and siding with the Saudi-led coalition of aggression will make him no different from his predecessor Martin Griffiths.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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