The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) said countries in the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen were looting the impoverished country’s oil reserves, urging the UN to take action to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.
“We are suffering from a systematic looting operation, carried out by aggression [coalition’s] mercenaries and led by member countries of the [Saudi-led] coalition, and which targets the wealth of the Yemeni people, ”Essam Al-Mutawakel, spokesperson for the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC), told al-Masirah television station on Wednesday.
He noted that the coalition member United Arab Emirates (UAE) have brought boats and are present in ports in Yemen to steal Yemeni oil.
Al-Mutawakel added that the Saudi-led aggressors have stolen “more than $ 165 million” per month from Yemen’s oil sales revenues, as Yemen grapples with an economic crisis.
He further said that the income from the “Sea Scout” ship, through which 950,000 barrels of crude oil is looted, could pay the salaries of employees in Yemen for a month.
On Tuesday, a Yemeni official reported that the Sea Scout ship arrived at the port of Bir Ali in the southern province of Shabwah.
The YPC spokesperson also urged the United Nations to take an “objective and impartial” stance vis-à-vis the economic and humanitarian situation of the Yemeni people.
Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating war against the poorest country in the Middle East in 2015 to resettle former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement.
The war, accompanied by a tight siege, did not meet its objectives, but it killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and put millions more in danger of starvation by destroying much of the country’s infrastructure.
According to the UN, Yemen is experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
It comes as Saudi Arabia continues to seize ships carrying diesel and fuel for the Yemeni people, an operation Sana’a condemned as an act of piracy.
The YPC executive director said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia had seized a vessel carrying 27,000 tons of diesel and fuel oil for the Yemeni people.
“The US-led aggression seized a new vessel, the FOS POWER, carrying 27,000 tonnes of fuel and diesel belonging to private sector factories, preventing it from reaching the port of Hudaydah,” wrote Ammar al-Adhrai in a tweet.
Denouncing what he described as the continuing act of piracy in the Red Sea, al-Adhrai said the seizure came even as the ship was inspected and obtained entry permits from the United Nations.
Earlier on Tuesday, the YPC announced that the Saudi War Coalition forces were detaining three tankers, including one carrying natural gas.