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Yemen Oil Ministry: UN Mission Biased Toward Houthi Militias

Yemen Oil Ministry: UN Mission Biased Toward Houthi Militias

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 - 10:30
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick addresses a news conference in Sanaa, Yemen. Reuters

The Ministry of Oil was surprised by the warning issued by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen about the depletion of fuel stocks, referring to the provinces that are still under control of Houthi and Saleh coup militias.

“These statements reaffirm the bias of the UN Mission in Yemen in favor of coup militias and its reliance on misleading information provided by the insurgents without referring to the legitimate government or even checking field reports or fact-finding teams on various issues, including the crisis of oil derivatives,” Saba quoted an official source as saying.

The source explained that the crisis of oil derivatives has started after Houthi militias announced the law of floating fuel prices and restricting their import process for the benefit of a number of black market dealers of the militia in the provinces under their control.

These measures led to an increase in the price of fuel to one thousand Yemeni riyals per liters, in many times, while liter of fuel is sold in the areas controlled by the legitimate government for 175 riyals.

He stressed that problems occur only in areas under Houthi control and called on the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to pay a visit to the government oil reservoirs in the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and the capital Sanaa to check out the prosperity of the black market and identify the real causes of the crisis.

It is possible to buy oil derivatives through Yemeni ports under the control of the legitimate government in Aden, Mukalla and Mokha and deport them to all Yemeni provinces, including those that are still under control of the insurgents, the source noted.

He pointed out that the Yemeni government has already approved the proposal of UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh to hand over the management of Hodeidah port to the United Nations in order to ensure ceasing the extortion practiced by the militia on merchants and break the monopoly of the process of importing and marketing and selling it to citizens at unrealistic prices.

The militias do so to profit billions of riyals, finance their futile war against the legitimate government and citizens, and threaten the security of neighbors and the safety of international navigation in the Red Sea and Bab el Mandeb, the source explained.

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