Fuel shortage continues in Houthis-held areas

Fuel shortage continues in Houthis-held areas

Alsahwa Net- The fuel shortage in the Houthis-held areas, continues for the third month in a row amid the flourishing of the black market.

The fuel shortage led to soaring prices of all services including the medical service, the commercial electricity supply and drinkable water.

Vehicles line up before gas stations which are closed most of the time.

Employees of the Yemen Petroleum Company in Sana’a said that huge quantity of the fuel exists in the company’s tanks that covers six-month needs.

However, the Houthis officials instructed closure of gas stations to thrive the black market of the fuel, according to sources quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper. 

By far, this fuel shortage is the longest ever. Two months ago, the government accused the Houthis of blocking fuel tankers at entrances of the capital Sana’a with the aim of creating the fuel shortage to escape the implementation of the UN agreed mechanism on the fuel imports to Hodeida port. 

Abduraqeeb Fath, Minister of the Local Administration stated earlier that the Houthis blocked entry of 250 fuel tankers to areas of their control.

Several streets of Sana’a have changed into open black market of the fuel with the 20-liter is sold at YR18,000.

The Houthis keep creating the fuel shortage amid growing spread of poverty in areas of their control.

The UN Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths said last month that the Houthis violated the UN agreed mechanism on fuel imports to Hodeida port by withdrawing funds coming from port that were supposed to be paid to the public servants as outstanding monthly salaries.

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