The sufferings of the Yemeni ports
Minister of Transport, Zakaria Al-Shami, and Minister of Finance, Sharaf-Alddin Al-Kahlani, on Tuesday in Sana’a, discussed the situation of the Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation and the difficulties it faces in light of the Saudi-led aggression and siege. They reviewed the problems that hinder the work of the Corporation in its ports, and the services it provides in the field of maritime navigation and humanitarian field for the Yemeni people.
They discussed the commitments of international organizations to develop Hodeidah’s port and repair the equipment destroyed and the maintenance of the port facilities.
The Minister of Transport stressed the need to exert more efforts to continue the work of the port and the provision of navigational services and facilities for ships arriving in the port. He pointed out that the Red Sea Ports Corporation, working with all professional and cadres qualified technically and vocationally, noting that the Ministry gives attention to the institution and provide facilities according to available possibilities.
Yemeni Gulf of Aden Port Corporation, loyal to Saudi-backed government, decided to raise the prices of the “pilotage allowance” fees for ships entering the port of Aden, in large proportions.The resolution imposed an increase on ships with a cargo of less than 10,000 tons, an increase of 160%.The increase on ships with a cargo of more than 10,000 tons was 175% compared to the previous fee.
Economic analysts condemned the decision to raise the pilotage fees on ships bound for the port, expressing concerns that such a measure could affect i the citizens through raising the prices of goods.
Fierce clashes erupted Saturday in the fishing port of Aden, southern Yemen.According to sources, the clashes erupted between militia of the former security director of Aden Shallal Shaya loyal to the UAE stationed in the port and the so-called facilities protection force after the latter stormed the fishing port in an attempt to impose control over the port.
The protection force stormed the port under the pretext of implementing the Riyadh agreement, and the two sides exchanged fire from various types of weapons, the sources explained.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.