First ship carrying fuel arrives at Yemen

Officials from Yemen’s Red Sea port said that first ship carrying needed fuel in weeks has arrives at port

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A ship is docked outside the container terminal at the southern Yemeni port of Aden on June 16, 2010

Officials at Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah said that the first ships arrived on Thursday carrying the needed fuel in contrary to the claims that Saudi Arabia hindering aid supplies to Yemen's ports.

Hodeidah port officials declared that two cargo ships, one carrying wheat and the other timber enter the facility about three weeks ago.

They said that the tanker that arrived on Tuesday was waiting on international waters for two months, adding that nine other vessels are anchored about 60 miles away from the port waiting to gain access to the port.

According to international aid workers, the vessels have to wait and pass through Saudi-led coalition inspections, searching for possible smuggled items such as weapons.

However, coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al Asseri declared that there is no attempt to prevent ships from arriving to port of Yemen to land the aids and added that six ships arrived at Hodeidah two days ago and 12 more to the southern port city of Aden which is controlled by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government.

"We told the crude oil to go to Aden, to the refinery there. But for the rest, the refined fuel, plus the food and humanitarian aid, they can go to Hodeidah. We want this to go to the population. That is where our concern is." Asseri said.

Asseri said ships sent by humanitarian organisations such as the Red Crescent and the United Nations are not searched, nor are ships from member countries of the coalition. Only those ships coming from third countries are searched, he added.

Yemen is suffering from an ongoing crisis that led the country in dire need for humanitarian aid,.The United Nations has designated Yemen as the highest level humanitarian crisis. Saudi Arabi has promised million dollars humanitarian aid to Yemen, however, the aid to the country is being hampered due to ongoing fighting.

TRTWorld and agencies