$32 Million Fines for Detaining Fuel Vessels in early 2021: YPC

Sana’a-based Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) has confirmed that the fines for detaining oil ships by the Saudi coalition in early 2021 reached $32 million, equivalent to Y.R 19 billion.

The company’s spokesman, Essam al-Mutawakel, stated the Yemeni people also incurred fines for detaining fuel ships last year, which amounted to $ 91 million, equivalent to Y.R 54 billion.

He said the situation in Yemen has become catastrophic as a result of the continued detention of oil ships.

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“We only hear from the United Nations or the international community condemnations, media statements, and a feeling of anxiety but the situation in Yemen has become disastrous today and does not bear feelings of anxiety or statements,” he added.

Al-Mutawakel called for urgent intervention to release the detained oil ships to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe as many services and vital sectors, especially hospitals, electricity, water, and freight transport trucks will be stopped.

The company spokesman held the Saudi-led coalition forces fully responsible for the humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

He also called for neutralizing the YOC and its facilities, stations, and agents’ stations from the systematic targeting and lifting the ban on Sana’a International Airport and Ras Issa Port.