Fears of environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea increase

Fears of environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea increase

Alsahwa Net-A threat of environmental catastrophe looms in the Red Sea as possible rupture of a government-owned Safer oil tank could spill over one-million barrels of oil into the sea water.

The Houthis militia who controls location of the tank, in Ras Isa port, north Hodeida city, bans a United Nations technical team from doing maintenance service to the tank.

The government halted the crude flow from oil fields in Marib to the tank in Ras Isa port following the Houthis’ rebellion in late 2014.

The process included also halt of oil exportation from the Houthis-held port that left over one million oil barrels-stored in the tank.

So far, technical teams from the government and the UN could not access the tank for doing maintenance service because site of tank is located within the Houthis rebels-held areas.

The government demanded earlier the UN to exercise more pressures on the Houthis to allow the UN technical teams do the maintenance for the oil tank.

The government said repeatedly that maintenance of the tank is necessary to avert a possible environmental catastrophe.

The Houthis demand sale of the suspended crude oil in the tank and revenues to be shared between the government and the rebels under the UN supervision.

The Houthis rebels look forward to make about $70 million out of the stored oil sale.

The government says that the Houthis will use the money from the oil for financing their war against the people of Yemen.

Oil spill into the sea water poses a threat to countries on the Red Sea including Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan.

Government blames Houthis, UN for Stockholm agreement failure

Alsahwa Net- The legitimate government blamed on Thursday the Houthis militia and the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths for lack of progress on the Stockholm agreement implementation.

The government’s spokesman, Rageh Badi said that tolerance by Griffiths to constant breaching by the Houthis to the Stockholm agreement threatens its failure.

“The UN does only turn blind eye to the Houthis’ violations in Hodeida, but it never demands or works to exercise its mandates in Hodeida port that were authorized by the Stockholm agreement,” said Badi.  

The agreement stipulates that the UN to support management and inspection of operations in Hodeida ports.

“The UN did not do that and the Houthis did not facilitate the UN work for inspection,” Badi said.

The Hodeida port remains in the Houthis’ hands for smuggling weapons with no inspection, he said.

The Houthis have not withdrawn their forces from Hodeida ports yet, according to Badi.

“The Stockholm agreement on Hodeida is at great risk because of the Houthis’ defiance to the agreement implementation and the UN tolerance to the Houthis’ breaching to the agreement,” Badi said in a statement quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper.

Griffiths said in his latest briefing to the UN Security Council last Tuesday that progress made during the past months towards conflict de-escalation including the agreement on Hodeida is at risk because of the recent military escalation in Nehm district of Sana’a, parts of Al-Jawf, Sa’ada and Marib.

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