in Houthis-held areas
Alsahwa Net- Signs of fuel shortage began in the Houthis-held areas of Yemen amidst confirmation by the government that existing gas amounts can cover local consumption until next mid-March.
The government said that the Houthis intentionally disappear huge quantities of the fuel to flourish the black market to generate more illegal money for their affiliated merchants.
Several gas stations in Sana’a and other Houthis-held governorates stopped working for two successive days amidst fears that the gas shortage might worsen more in the upcoming days.
The government-run Economic Committee accused the Houthis of creating fuel shortage to sell available fuel to the black market at a higher price for financing their military effort.
It indicated that statistics of fuel imports that entered the Houthis-held areas can cover the local needs until next mid-March.
It said that Hodeida port received around 60 percent of the nationwide fuel imports in the past period with total over 919,000 tons that arrived Hodeida.
The government began in 2018 implementing a new fuel import regulation to ensure that fuel imports tax money does not go to the Houthis’ authority.
It affirmed that all fuel import regulations are still effective at all Yemen’s sea ports with support by the Saudi-led coalition to improve the humanitarian situation and alleviate the citizens’ suffering.
It added that the application of the fuel import regulations will increase the state revenues to pay monthly payments to the public servants in the Houthis-held areas.
It said that the legal collected tax money on the fuel imports that arrived Hodeida port reached in the past period YR52 billion ($93.189 million).
Half of the reported tax money was deposited into a temporary bank account at the branch of the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) in Hodeida under the United Nations (UN) supervision, according to the economic committee.
The temporary bank account was set up in Hodeida for collecting the state revenues and the money will be later paid to the public civil servants in the Houthis-held areas.
The committee said that the Houthis’ ban on circulation of the newly-printed banknotes of the national currency hindered disbursement of the monthly payments to the public servants in the Houthis-held areas.
The Houthis banned last mid-December circulation of the newly-printed banknotes in the their held-areas and threatened cash confiscation and imprisonment of any one found using the new notes.
The public servants in the Houthis-held areas have not received their monthly payments since three years ago despite state revenues collection by the Houthis authority.