The Houthi militias obstruct the entry of fuel tankers to Hodeidah

October 25, 2019

The Yemeni government’s economic committee has accused the Houthi coup militia of causing the suspension of oil derivatives ships off the western port of Hodeidah and of delaying entry and unloading procedures.

“The Houthi militias have caused eight fuel tankers to stand in front of the port of Hodeidah so far by preventing traders from submitting documents and requests for government permission from the technical committee of the Economic Commission,” the committee said in a brief statement on Thursday.

The commission accused the Houthi militia of “using terrorism, threat of imprisonment, confiscation of funds and stopping commercial activity of merchants complying with government decisions.” She added that these actions shows the houthi insistence on strengthening the activity of the black market that it runs to finance its activities, and to increase the suffering of citizens.”

The committee also accused the Houthis of “evading the application of banking controls to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, maintaining currency stability and clearly obstructing the efforts of the government and the international envoy to pay the salaries of civilians.”

The eight ships on board carry about 164,000 tons of oil derivatives.

About a month ago, the Houthi-controlled areas have been experiencing a severe bottleneck in oil derivatives, which has led to a dramatic rise in prices and a revival of the black market, where they are sold at twice their official price.

The Houthis are fomenting fuel crises, with the aim of putting pressure on the United Nations to introduce oil derivatives ships belonging to private companies with Houthi leadership.

The fuel trade is of paramount importance to the Houthi militia and generates high profits.

The Yemeni government issued a decree that oil shipments should not be granted a discharge permit before clearing customs duties and taxes at the Central Bank of Aden before the committee announced the opening of an account in the bank’s branch in Hodeidah to supply the required fees and use the revenues to pay the salaries of civil servants under the supervision of the United Nations.

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