Cooking Fuel Ship Barred From Yemen Port Despite Ceasefire

Saudis have been holding ship since April 27

The centerpiece of a two-month ceasefire in Yemen was to ease the Saudi naval blockade which has caused terrible shortages. The UN has recently emphasized that point, urging donors to take advantage and send more aid while the ease of access is assured.

It may not be as easy as that, however, with the Houthis reporting that a ship full of cooking fuel has been held by the Saudis off the port of al-Hodeidah, prevented from docking for a solid week.

The ship was granted permission to dock by the UN, but the Saudis still stopped them. There is no aspect of the ceasefire terms to allow this restriction, and the Saudis have so far not commented at all.

In peacetime, Yemen would be importing the overwhelming majority of its food and energy needs from abroad. Those needs are still unmet, and they have to import, but the naval blockade has severely restricted supplies in north Yemen, leaving them on the brink of famine.

Author: Jason Ditz

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