Houthis detaining 19 oil vessels, Saudi ambassador to Yemen confirms


RIYADH - Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Muhammad Al-Jaber confirmed that Houthi militias were detaining 19 oil vessels, carrying 200,000 tons of oil, and prevented them from entering Hodeidah port.

“The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Support Center (YCHO) is deeply concerned that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias are holding more than 19 oil vessels in the militia-controlled area of Al-Mustaqaf, preventing them from entering the port,” Al-Jaber wrote in a tweet on Saturday.

On April 3, a Saudi oil tanker was attacked by Houthi militias in international waters west of Hodeidah port which is under the control of Iran’s armed militias.

Spokesman for the Coalition Forces Col. Turki Al-Malki said that the attempt to attack failed after the intervention of one of the naval ships of the alliance.

Hodeidah port in western Yemen is one of the most important ports to receive humanitarian relief and oil vessels. -- Al Arabiya English