Yemeni official alleges over dozen ships carrying fuel, food impounded in Saudi port

A Yemeni maritime official said the Saudi-led coalition has impounded more than a dozen ships carrying energy derivatives and food destined for the country, despite the fact the vessels had allegedly earlier acquired necessary permits from the United Nations.

The unnamed official at Hudaydah port told Al-Masirah television network on Wednesday that 13 ships have been marooned at the port of Jizan in Southwestern Saudi Arabia.

He added that the vessels had undergone inspection by the United Nations and obtained the relevant papers.

The remarks come a day after Yemen Petroleum Company announced in a statement that the Saudi-led coalition adamantly refuses to allow tankers to sail towards Yemen and offload their consignments there.

The statement noted that the alliance is holding five vessels loaded with gasoline and diesel in order to increase the sufferings of Yemeni citizens.

The vessels are reportedly carrying 84,837 liters of gasoline and 53,004 liters of diesel.