SANA’A (Dispatches) – The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) says the Saudi-led coalition has banned a second Yemen-bound ship carrying tons of fuel from docking at Hudaydah port in violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement to end the siege and war on the impoverished country.
Essam al-Mutawakel, a spokesman for the YPC, said in a tweet the Saudi-led coalition seized the ship named Viviana, which was carrying 30,314 tons of fuel, despite securing UN clearance.
In an earlier incident on Friday, al-Mutawakel said a vessel called Fos Power, that was carrying about 30,000 tons of fuel, was impounded by the coalition.
The Fos Power tanker, which was due to dock at Yemen’s western port of Hudaydah, was carrying 22,915 tons of mazut and 7,296 tons of diesel fuel, according to al-Mutawakil.
He noted that the Saudi-led coalition is pressing ahead with its acts of piracy against fuel tankers carrying oil derivatives to Yemen.
The kingdom has maintained a blockade on the war-torn country, where the population is in dire need of basic supplies such as food and medicine. Riyadh imposed the blockade in 2015, the same year that it began to lead a war on its southern neighbor.
A ceasefire, announced by UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg and welcomed by the warring sides, went into force on April 2. The truce stipulates halting offensive military operations and the siege on Yemen.
However, the Yemeni side reported violations of the truce by the Saudis soon after it began.
Saudi Arabia launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the U.S. and other Western states.
The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.
While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
A human rights group says the nearly eight-year long Saudi-led war on Yemen has claimed the lives of well over 3,000 children.
In a report released on Sunday, the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations, also known as ‘Rasad’ Coalition, said it had documented the killing of 3,182 children, including 2,795 males and 387 females, in various regions.
They lost their lives due to relentless enemy bombardment against 20 provinces, the group said, adding that over 970 children were killed by artillery and airstrikes, and at least 1,580 minors were killed on the battlefronts.