Yemen shuts major sea ports due to conflict

Yemeni soldiers stand guard next to the North Korean ship So San at al-Mukalla port, 550 kilometers southeast of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. (File: AP)

Yemen shut down its major seaports on Thursday as a Saudi-led military operation continued to strike Houthi forces, Reuters news agency reported citing industry sources.

“All major seaports were shut down on Thursday due to the rising conflict,” said an industry source. Local sources in Yemen confirmed the closure.

Local sources in Yemen confirmed the closure.

The ports closed include Aden, Al Mukalla, Al Mokha and Al Hudaydah, the sources said, giving no further details.

The majority of Yemen's oil production is located in the north of the country, while the rest comes from the southern area of Shabwa.

French oil company Total is the biggest foreign investor in Yemen and operates the Balhaf gas export facility, which mainly exports natural gas to Asia and Europe.

[With Reuters]

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46