Fuel Protestations Expand in Yemen
The protests widened, on Tuesday, with the continued fuel shortage, which heralds a massive explosion.
The demonstrations extended from Mocha, the main stronghold of Tariq Saleh, to Hadhramaut, the most important oil provinces that is under the “legitimacy,” passing through Aden, the stronghold of the Transitional Council, which is supported by UAE and calls for secession.
Dozens of people In Mocha, gathered in the middle of the main street, to protest on fuel lack, the protesters demanded the departure of Tariq Saleh and what they described them as war merchants in the region, which owns the second most important port at the entrance to Bab al-Mandab.
In the city of Aden, the most prominent stronghold of the transitional council, clashes erupted between the council’s factions and they are angry at the lack of fuel. According to local sources, security factions tried to open the main road leading to the airport in Khor Maksar when they clashed with citizens who cut the line by gas cylinders. Khor Maksar, one of several districts in Aden, has witnessed since Saturday evening anger demonstrations denouncing the fuel crisis, despite the STC’s attempt to calm the street by pumping limited quantities of gasoline and ignoring household gas.
The same scene was repeated in Hadhramaut province, where people angry over the lack of fuel in the oil province continued to close the streets of Mukalla for the second day in a row, at a time when tribal gunmen loyal to the Transitional Council reinforced their siege on the oil fields in AlWadi and the desert, in an attempt to put pressure on Hadi government, which had calmed Hadhrami anger by lowering fuel prices before hide it from the market.
These developments come at a time when other provinces, such as Shabwah, which have just been hit by the crisis, and Marib, the most important oil production areas, in addition to the increase in congestion that threatens to explode as the fuel crisis reaches its climax, as the price of a 20-liter canister of gasoline reached 50 thousand and gas to 30 amid a significant shortage, even on the black market.
This escalation of anger prompted the oil and gas companies to review a daily list of domestic gas quantities which is distributed to “legitimate” areas, including Aden, which the company in Marib claimed to raise the quantities allocated to the city by more than 335 tons per day.
Yemen has been experiencing an unprecedented fuel crisis for days as a result of a struggle over its revenues in the areas of “legitimacy” where Aden refineries stopped pumping fuel to the oil companies due to the decision to monopolize the marketing of oil on the company, while the coalition is trying to intensify the crisis, while arranging the financing of European markets with Yemeni energy, in order to achieve geopolitical gains in the context of the war and the siege imposed for eight years.