Yemen: Vehicles queue at gas stations as fuel crisis worsens in Sanaa

Long queues of vehicles were seen waiting at a gas station in Sanaa, Monday, due to worsened fuel shortages, which caused heavy traffic jams in the city's streets. Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC)'s Executive Director Ammar al-Adhrai blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the crisis in Sanaa and other Houthi-controlled governorates, due to its «continuous maritime piracy of marine fuel ships that have UN permits.» YPC's executive director added that the Yemeni Oil Company’s stock of gasoline and diesel «has been completely exhausted about forty days ago.» He also pointed out that the company had been covering the shortages with «quantities that were seized through the smuggling outlets,» which have been, in turn, completely exhausted. Al-Adhrai accused the United Nations of becoming «an essential participant in the detention» of the oil carrying ships due to their «covering [up] of piracy on fuel ships and their continued detention.» The UN has not yet commented on the claims. The five-year-conflict in Yemen has caused the displacement of millions and killed over 100,000 people, triggering the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN.

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