Oil derivatives ship arrives at Hodeidah port, Norwegian council warns of worsening crisis by fuel shortage

Oil derivatives ship arrives at Hodeidah port, Norwegian council warns of worsening crisis by fuel shortage

Yemen's growing domestic fuel and gas crisis has deepened the suffering of hungry Yemenis, while the Yemeni government and the Houthi group are exchanging accusations about the main culprit in the two-month-old crisis, the Norwegian Refugee Council said.

The council said in a statement yesterday, that the shortage of fuel in Yemen threatens the lives of thousands and has caused the price of basic commodities to rise dramatically.

The council explained that the price of fuel in Sana'a increased to 800 riyals/liter compared to 365 riyals /l in the official market, and the price of diesel to 1000 riyals /l compared to 375 riyals /l in the official market.

He pointed out the black-market prices which reached more than 20,000/20 lira, "ie about three times the official price. Fuel stations are completely closed or have limited operating hours, resulting in long queues of several kilometers and waiting from two to three days."

The Council has returned severe fuel and gas shortages to new regulations on commercial fuel imports imposed by the Yemeni government.

The council said government measures are delaying the approval of ships to unload fuel and gas at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. Yemen imports the vast majority -- about 90 percent -- of its fuel, fuel and commercial supplies, and these delays worsen the humanitarian situation.

The council called on the Yemeni government to remove all restrictions affecting the import of commercial fuel.

The government has already been criticized for its decision to supply oil derivatives and the recent decision to collect customs and taxes from ships at sea.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Houthis announced the release of one of the 11 ships held for 64 days.

Al-Masirah tv reported that a ship carrying oil derivatives arrived today at the port of Hodeidah and is preparing to unload its cargo.

The ship ,Mira, which docked at Hodeidah port, carries more than 13,500 metric tons of diesel and 2,439 tons of diesel.

The Iranian-backed group renewed its accusation against the government, and a statement from its oil company in Sana'a said it had raised the risk as Saudi-American aggression continued to detain oil derivatives vessels for 64 days.

"As of Thursday, the working hours at the stations will be reduced, starting from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the evening from 4 pm to 6 pm," it said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

The company claimed that it is carrying out a campaign to combat the smuggling of oil derivatives and trading in the black market, while several sources confirm that leaders of the militias control and invest in the black market, to obtain double funds to finance their wars and sectarian activities.

On Monday, the government announced that it had granted entry permits to 10 oil ships, in order to ease the crisis caused by the Houthis, and the Economic Committee said in a tweet, that this is provided that in exchange of "the obligation of traders to pay the legal fees to the Central Bank of Hodeidah and allocate it to pay the salaries of civilians under the supervision of the United Nations," it said.


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