UN expresses deep concern over Safer tanker condition

UN expresses deep concern over Safer tanker condition

Alsahwa Net- The United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern to the condition of the Safer tanker, anchored off Yemen's coast in the Red Sea, according to a statement by Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric.

Guterres said that the tanker has not been checked since 2015 and it might cause an oil spill or an explosion or a fire that will bring about bad environmental and humanitarian consequences on Yemen and the region.

Guterres warned that the looming oil spill in the Red Sea will severely harm the ecological system of the Red Sea that constitutes a livelihood to 30 million people across the region.

He said that the imminent oil spill will lead to the shutdown of Hodeida port for several months which will aggravate the already acute economic crisis and deprive millions of people’s access to the food and other basic stuff.

He urged for removal of obstacles that impede efforts aimed at mitigating risks of the Safer tanker with no delay.

He called on permission to independent technical experts to access the tanker with no conditions to assess its conditions and do first repairing checks.

He added that this technical assessment would provide scientific evidence on the next crucial steps that must be taken to avert the disaster.

The Houthis have set conditions on the UN Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths that they must preserve the oil in the floating tanker in exchange of their permission to the repairing check, sources quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said.

 The sources said that the Houthis informed the UN envoy that they might permit the UN experts visit the tanker in case the UN agreed on authorized their use of the oil in the tanker.

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