Saudi Arabia Seizes Yemen-Bound Fuel Ship in Violation of UN-Brokered Truce

The Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday seized a new oil ship headed for Yemen’s port of Hodeidah in a violation of the UN-brokered ceasefire.

Spokesman for Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC), Issam Al-Mutawakle said that the “Saudi aggression coalition” seized the ship “Princess Halima”, which was carrying 23,920 tons of gasoline.

The ship was prevented from reaching Hodeida despite it being given entry permits by the United Nations.

Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported the Saudi coalition has impounded several humanitarian shipments headed toward Yemen since the announcement of the truce agreement over two months ago.

The warring parties in Yemen conflict had recently agreed to extend the UN-brokered truce for two more months’ and also agreed to let fuel-carrying ships enter the country. 

Two flights were also allowed a week from Sanaa International Airport for the first time in six years.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg last week visited the Houthi stronghold Sanaa to discuss issues, including the proposal for the phased re-opening of key roads in Taiz and other governorates.  

Grundberg is expecting an imminent response from Sanaa on the proposal, and reaffirmed commitments to work with the parties to implement all elements of the truce to continue delivering its tangible benefits to Yemeni women, men and children.


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