The leader of the “Ansar Allah” group (Houthis), Muhammad Ali Al Houthi, described today, Sunday, an invitation extended by the American State Department, to the group to preserve a dilapidated oil tanker near one of the ports of Al Hudaydah governorate in western Yemen, as “the biggest misleading operation.”
Cairo – Sputnik. Al-Houthi, a member of the Supreme Political Council formed from “Ansar Allah” in Sanaa and head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee in the group, said in a tweet on his account on “Twitter”: “The biggest misleading operation in the world of politics today is the call of the American State Department to preserve (Safir) to preserve On Yemeni fish. ”
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He added that that call, “while Trump issued a veto decision against stopping the killing of the Yemeni person, and the last massacre committed with US weapons today in Maran.”
The American embassy in Yemen had called, on Saturday, in a tweet on its account in “Twitter”, Ansar Allah Group, to “allow an international examination and repair of the (Safir) carrier before it was too late.”
“The state of the Houthi-controlled oil tanker is deteriorating, and this could cause a catastrophic leak in the Red Sea,” she said.
The embassy blamed “Ansar Allah” for the responsibility of “preventing international experts for years from assessing the carrier’s condition.”
The Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani, accused “Ansar Allah”, last July 28, of preventing a United Nations technical team from conducting inspection and maintenance work for the carrier Safer, anchored in the Red Sea near the port of Ras Isa in Hodeidah 4 years ago, and containing more than a million A barrel of Marib light oil, and its requirement to obtain guarantees that enable it to return revenues estimated at $ 80 million.
Al-Iryani warned that the occurrence of any oil spills from the tanker Safer will lead to an environmental disaster that may extend to Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan and Egypt.
In November 2016, the oil company in Sanaa accused the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia of denying access or carrying out any maintenance of the Safir tanker, which was converted into a floating tank, about 4.8 nautical miles from Ras Issa port in Al Hudaydah governorate, and containing more than One million barrels of Marib Light, in light of fears that it might explode due to the stoppage of maintenance work.