Yemen vice president: Houthi attack on Saudi oil tanker obstructs peace process

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Houthis dressed in army fatigues march in a parade during a gathering in the capital Sanaa on January 1, 2017. (File photo: AFP)
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Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar listens to a question during an interview with AFP in Sanaa on February 18, 2012. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 27 July 2018

Yemen vice president: Houthi attack on Saudi oil tanker obstructs peace process

  • Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar said repeated targeting of shipping lines in international waters by the Houthis continues to obstruct the peace process
  • Leaders from the Arab world also condemned the attack, highlighting the urgency to liberate Hodeidah from the Houthis

Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar said on Wednesday that the targeting of the Saudi oil tanker in international waters west of the port of Hodeidah is a deliberate terror attack by the Houthis to disrupt maritime traffic that hinders peace efforts.

According to the official Yemeni news agency, the vice president said that the repeated targeting of shipping lines in international waters by the Houthis continues to obstruct the peace process led by United Nations' special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths. Al-Ahmar added that the militia continued to use the port of Hodeidah to launch terror attacks.  

The vice president reiterated the keenness of the Yemeni government, supported by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, to liberate Hodeidah and put a stop to the dangers of the Iran-backed Houthis who pose a threat to regional and international security and the movement of navigation and international trade.

Meanwhile, Kuwait announced that it is also considering halting all oil shipments through Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

Regional outcry 

The attack was met by a regional outcry. The Arab Parliament condemned the targeting of the oil tanker in the Red Sea, calling it “a serious threat to international peace and security.”

The head of the Arab Parliament, Meshal Al-Sulami, said “the targeting of oil tankers by the Iranian Houthi militia in the Red Sea is a terrorist act.”

He called on the international community to take immediate decisive action to secure the oil pipelines to the world and hold the Houthis militia and groups who support them accountable.

Al-Sulami recently called on the United Nations to take urgent and firm measures against the Houthis for recruiting child soldiers and putting them in battlefields.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Bahrain and the UAE also condemned the attack. The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the incident highlights the urgent need to liberate Hodeidah from the Houthis.

“The cowardly attack constitutes a flagrant violation of all international laws and norms and poses a serious threat to the freedom of international trade and maritime navigation in Bab Al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea,” Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. 

“Whilst reiterating its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and supporting the measures it takes to preserve its resources and deter attempts to harm its security, Bahrain emphasizes the need for immediate global action to put an end to such dangerous acts,” the ministry stressed in a statement issued on Thursday.

The ministry called upon the international community to confront the terror acts of the Houthi coup militias in Yemen and to stand up to all those who support them and provide them with funds in order to protect international navigation in Bab Al-Mandab Strait.

The Secretary-General of the OIC, Dr. Yousef  Al-Othaimeen said, “The repeated attacks by Houthi militias on vessels passing through this strategic corridor negatively affect the security of the important waterways of trade and the global economy, exacerbate the instability in this region of the world and affirm the aggressive policy of these militias aiming to threaten the security of navigation in the Red Sea and destabilize the countries bordering it. ”

Al-Othaimeen added, “The targeting of giant oil tankers passing through Bab Al-Mandab does not only jeopardize the global economy, but also jeopardizes the safety of crews and seriously damages the marine environment as such aggression could cause large quantities of oil leaking which threatens maritime environment with pollution.”


Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

Updated 04 July 2020

Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

  • Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment
  • Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded

TEHRAN, Iran: A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment.
Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded, IRNA reported Saturday.
The blaze was contained by firefighters after two hours of battling the blaze.
Mohammad Hafezi, the power plant’s health and safety manager, told IRNA the cause of the fire was under investigation.
The two incidents in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan come after a fire and explosion at a centrifuge production plant above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday.
Officials said the cause of the fire at Natanz is known to officials, but won’t be immediately released for “security reasons.”
On Tuesday, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.