Saudis Seize Yemen Gasoline Ship, Oil Company Reports

Five ships seized in recent months

According to the Yemeni Oil Company, one of their ships carrying 31,000 tons of gasoline was captured by Saudi and coalition forces. The ship had a permit from the UN to deliver into the country.

This was just the latest in a series of Saudi seizures. In June, two permitted ships of fuel were similarly taken. Five are now being held overall.

Nominally, the fuel is presented as military gear, even though it has obvious civilian use and UN permits to import.Ship seizures have been an issue throughout the war, with food, fuel, and medicine.

The ceasefire is meant to ease the shipment of goods, and has helped some. Still, the Saudis at times decide to block goods on a whim.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.