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Houthi militias block unloading of 10 oil, commercial ships in Hodeidah

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Abdulraqib Fatah, Yemeni Minister of Local Administration, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief, said that the Houthi militias were holding up to 10 oil and commercial vessels in the port of Hodeidah, and have prevented unloading of its cargo.

He added that some ships have been detained for nearly six months.

The ship, which is known as Distya Pushti, which arrived on September 28 with 10,955 tons of diesel and 9,025 tons of gasoline, and the ship RINA which arrived on October 3, carrying 5,700 tons of flour and sugar. The Houthi militias have prevented the two ships from unloading their cargo.

The vessels in Hodeidah include Sincero, which arrived on September 26, carrying 15,025 tons of diesel, the Carpe Diem-2, which arrived on September 30 with 19,350 tons of diesel, and the vessel called PVT Eagle, which arrived on October 3, carrying 7,022 tons of diesel and 1,4793 oil, as well as six other oil and commercial vessels, which have been held for varying periods over the past three months.

The Minister of Local Administration pointed out that this deliberate action by the Houthi militias, along with imposition of higher levies up to 60 percent on the oil products, have resulted in a supply crisis in oil derivatives and strengthened the black market that benefits pro-militia traders.

All these actions by the Houthis have resulted in burdening the population in those areas and led to increasing the humanitarian crisis in those provinces.

Fatah pointed out that these measures are part of the daily activities of the Houthi militias, from the detention and obstruction of oil and commercial vessels in the port, in an attempt to starve the people and multiply the crises of the citizens in those provinces.

The Yemeni Minister stressed that the humanitarian situation has attained catastrophic proportion due to the actions of Houthi militias.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, called for swift intervention and pressure on militias to release those ships and unload their cargo, and allow for safe passage and movement for oil, relief and commercial vessels in the port.