Yemen: Protests in the “Mukalla” due to power outages

July 18, 2019

Demonstrators in the coastal city of Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province, east of Yemen, closed a number of main streets on Tuesday to protest against long power cuts.


Local residents in separate contacts with the Anatolian correspondent said protesters had blocked main streets in the neighborhoods of Anjer and Dais, in Malakla.


Protests have caused congestion and traffic.


Residents added that the protests came to denounce the deterioration of electricity service, in conjunction with the rise of heat and humidity in the country.


They explained that the electricity was cut off, Monday, from the city for about 15 hours full.


Commenting on the protests, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy said that a ship loaded with 3 thousand and 821 tons of diesel fuel reached the port of Aden,


Late Monday, to operate electricity generators in Makalla and the coast of Hadramout.


The ministry said in a statement that the shipment was purchased urgently, in conjunction with the dispatch of 12 other diesel locomotive to supply those stations from the refineries of Aden.


The ministry promised the population more shipments of diesel fuel in the coming days, which will reduce the power cuts significantly, according to the statement.


For the fifth year, Yemen has been battling a war between pro-government forces and Huthi forces, who have been in control of provinces including the capital Sanaa since September 2014.


Since March 2015, an Arab military alliance led by Saudi Arabia has supported government forces in the face of the Huthis in a war that has left a severe humanitarian crisis, the worst in the world, according to a former UN report.

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