An extortion attempts with an environmental catastrophe. Houthis demands sharing oil revenues to empty Ras Issa Reservoir

An extortion attempts with an environmental catastrophe. Houthis demands sharing oil revenues to empty Ras Issa Reservoir


The al-Houthi group called on the United Nations to arrange a mechanism to sell Yemeni crude oil, and to supply its revenues to the bank of Sanaa and Aden to use its revenues to finance the importation of fuel, and to pay the salaries of public sector employees under its control.

"We call on the United Nations and the Security Council to put in place a mechanism based on the sale of Yemeni crude oil, including the floating tank oil," at Ras Issa Oil port in the Red Sea, said Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, a member of the so-called "supreme Political Council " of Al-Houthi group.

In a tweet on his social networking site  "Twitter ", he added that this would work to "provide and import oil, diesel and domestic gas as necessary materials for citizens."

Al-Houthi stipulated, "The return of the sale to the bank of Sana'a and Aden for the payment of the salaries of both employees under his control."

Yemen has been in a war that has been raging for five years, between the legitimate government backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthi militias on the other hand.

The war has interrupted the salaries of government employees, particularly in areas under the control of militias, which continue to control the more densely populated provinces, including the capital, Sana'a.

Al-Houthi is exploiting the floating oil reservoir in Ras Issa, west of Yemen, to launch his call, which is expected to resonate, as a result of growing fears of a red Sea oil disaster. 

The Houthi leader said the arrangement of a mechanism to sell oil in the Saper reservoir would contribute to "protecting the marine environment from an unprecedented catastrophe, maintaining and stabilizing the Yemeni currency and preventing Iranian oil from reaching their claims."

On Tuesday, Yemeni Prime minister Maeen Abdul Malik, during his meeting with UN humanitarian coordinator Lisa Grande, called on the United Nations and the international community to take responsibility and pressure the Houthis to make room for efforts to avert an oil spill catastrophe into the Red Sea waters Western Yemen.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition warned, on Monday, of the dangers of an oil spill in the Red Sea. Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki accused the al-Houthi group of disrupting the unloading of the floating oil reservoir in Ras Isa port on the Red Sea.

Al-Houthi group blamed the Coalition for any damage to the marine environment or navigation that could cause disaster to the world, as a result of the interruption of a pipeline in the floating reservoir, which has approximately 1 million barrels of crude oil.

Al-Houthi said what he termed "the US-British-Saudi-Emirati aggression and their alliance" have refused to allow it to be sold from 2015 to the day.

The floating oil reservoir, owned by the Yemeni state, is currently under the control of the al-Houthi group. Prior to the war, five oil companies were produced and exported abroad, and the Aden refineries were supplied with crude oil.


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