UN slams Saudi Arabia for turning back oil tankers from Yemeni port


The United Nations has hit out at Saudi Arabia for preventing four oil tankers from reaching the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Thursday that the vessels were turned back last week en route to Yemen's Hudaydah.

The tankers were said to have been carrying just over 71,000 metric tons of fuel, which represents more than 10 percent of Yemen's total monthly fuel needs.

"At a time when Yemen is facing an unprecedented cholera outbreak and millions of its people are at risk of falling into famine, it is essential that all ports remain open and any delays are avoided," said OCHA spokesman Russell Geekie.


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