UN team on track to inspect oil tanker off Yemen

August 23, 2019

A UN team will arrive to  Djibouti next week and will head to a four-year-old oil-filled floating tank that can blast anytime  in the Red Sea in western Yemen, said the United Nations

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a tweet on (Twitter), on Thursday, that “the oil tanker (saphir) anchored off the coast of Yemen, can  explode anytime”

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Muller said the UN assessment team will arrive to Djibouti from where it would travel to the tanker next week, stressing that cooperation from all was and will continue to be necessary.

Muller added that the oil tanker (Saffir) anchored off the coast of Yemen, if it explodes it will be a real environmental disaster, as it carries 1.1 million barrels of oil that will spill in the sea.

Warnings of an imminent environmental catastrophe escalated as the Houthi coup militia continued to prevent UN technical teams from maintaining the oil tanker, called a “floating bomb”, containing more than a million barrels of crude oil, and could explode off the coast of Yemen, which may cause one of the largest oil leaks in the world.

The legitimate government has warned more than once of a possible environmental disaster in the Red Sea Environment

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