19 tankers being held by Houthis in Yemen

19 tankers being held by Houthis in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to war torn Yemen Mohammed al-Jaber has claimed Houthi militias have detained 19 tankers 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 tankers in the militia-controlled area of al-Mustaqaf, preventing them from entering the port,” al-Jaber wrote in a tweet.

The Saudi envoy suggested the Houthis might target the 19 ships and destroy them. On April 3, a Saudi tanker was attacked by Houthi militants in international waters west of Hodeidah port.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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