The executive director of Sana’a-based Yemeni Oil Company, Engineer Ammar al-Adhraei, warned on Friday that the service sectors began to collapse their operational capacities as a result of the continued detention of fuel vessels.
Al- Adhraei, revealed in a press statement, that the supply situation is very critical, as the quantities released in 2020 do not cover 45 percent of the need, pointing out that the coalition has not released any oil ship since the beginning of the year 2021.
He confirmed that the service sectors are currently operating at half the operating capacity, and other services collapsed in the year 2020.
“One of the oil ships has broken down its engines after being held for 10 months off Jizan port by the coalition,” Al- Adhraei added.
He pointed out that by the coalition forces has detained 10 UN-permitted ships and prevented them to enter to Hodeida port, despite paying their price in cash to Emirati banks.
Al-Adhraei blamed the United Nations for the humanitarian situation in Yemen as a result of its silence on the continued detention of oil derivatives ships by the Saudi-led coalition.
In a standing protest organized by the Yemeni Oil Company in front of the United Nations office in the capital Sana’a, al-Adhraei said the United Nations will use the U.S. classification a pretext to invoke its duty and responsibility to release oil derivatives ships.
He said the protest coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Ras Isa oil port massacre committed by the Saudi coalition by targeting employees of the Yemeni Oil Company while carrying out their work, adding the massacre of Ras Isa oil port a crime that does not fall under the statute of limitations.
Al-Adhraei called on the United Nations to carry out its humanitarian duty to release oil derivatives vessels and to prevent maritime piracy.
“The lives of 26 million Yemenis are at stake, therefore, we hold the United Nations fully responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe, war crimes and genocide,” he said.
A statement issued by the Trade Union Committees of the Oil Company condemned the international silence over the maritime piracy carried out by the countries of Saudi coalition against oil derivatives ships despite receiving UN permits.
The statement called on the United Nations to play its role and duty to launch all detained oil derivatives vessels and to ensure that they are not detained in the future.