The Houthi militias are holding 16 ships in Yemen’s Hodeidah and Salif ports carrying food and oil products, some of which have been in detention for more than a month, threatening to damage the cargo of some wheat and flour, the Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen said.
The center said in a statement issued on Friday that the number of vessels detained inside the port of Hodeidah are five ships carrying medicines, medical equipment, sugar and liquefied gas.
The number of vessels trapped inside the front area of in the port of Hodeidah are eight ships carrying maize, soy, wheat, flour and liquefied gas.
The statement added that the number of vessels detained inside the port of Salif were three ships, including two ships that were not allowed to unload their cargo of corn, wheat and soybeans.
They pointed out that there are 134 migrants and 293 sailors of 17 Asian, European and African nationalities aboard the vessels. The total tonnage of the captured vessels is 198,860.88 tons, of which 116,880 tons of wheat, corn, sugar and soybeans, and 79,722 tons of medicine and medical equipment, and 119,022 tons of liquified gas are held.
The statement added that these vessels carry the flags of nine countries: Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Malta, Comoros, Marshall Islands, Palhams, Panama, Nigeria and Palau, calling on the international community to exercise pressure on the Houthi militias to speed up the release of these vessels and unload their cargo.
The Houthi militias had detained last April (19) vessels within the front area of the port of Hodeidah carrying on board oil derivatives for more than (26) days.