Top Stories Politicians: Safer Tank is a time bomb, and the Houthi militia’s manipulation of it portends an unprecedented catastrophe

Politicians: Safer Tank is a time bomb, and the Houthi militia’s manipulation of it portends an unprecedented catastrophe

Safer tank still constitutes a time bomb and a threat to thousands in Yemen and neighboring countries, and has not been subject to maintenance since 2015 as a result of the Houthi terrorist militia coup against the state, and its use as a political card to blackmail the world and threaten neighboring countries.

humanitarian disaster

Specialists continue to warn that the oil leakage from the ship and its explosion will destroy marine wealth and lead to a serious humanitarian disaster, stressing that it will be one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world as a result of deliberate neglect by the terrorist Houthi militia.

The oil spill will also affect the delivery of humanitarian aid to Hodeidah, which is a lifeline for two-thirds of Yemen’s population, noting that the “Green Dream” environmental association in Yemen has confirmed that exceeding the damages of the “Safer” spill may extend for more than 20 years.

The United Nations has engaged in unending arguments with the Houthi militia, regarding allowing maintenance teams to access the ship, which carries more than one million barrels of crude oil on board, to assess the condition of the tanker and perform the necessary maintenance, which enables the engineering teams to unload its cargo.

Houthi blackmail

However, the coup militia worked to blackmail everyone once by turning the tanker into a means of military protection in the port of Ras Issa on the Red Sea, or by seeking to achieve financial gains, by insisting on maintaining the tanker at its location instead of towing it to a port for unloading.

Member of the Shura Council, Sheikh Alawi bin Zabaa, stressed that extending the life of the Safer tanker is not a solution to the problem, but rather an attempt to deport so that the catastrophic bomb remains in the hands of the Houthis.

And he added in his tweet: “And it is certainly capable of exploding at any time. Unfortunately, there is no sin justifying that you despise death and belittle killing!”

For his part, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, Muhammad Qayzan, confirmed that the Safer Reservoir is threatening the lives of thousands of Tihama residents, and the Houthi militias do not care about international warnings of its danger, noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the provision of 10 million dollars to maintain the reservoir in order to preserve the environment, in the Red Sea. But the Houthi refuses to maintain the tank.

obstruction and trading

Qaizan pointed out that the Houthi militia was not satisfied with obstructing all efforts to maintain the Safer tank, especially the United Nations and the Arab world, but was seeking to trade it to make money without indifference to the danger of this bomb planted in the middle of the sea.

Faisal Al-Majidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, called on the international community to deal humanely with everything that is in the interest of the Houthi militia, even if it involves suffering for the Yemeni people. Ethics and the vogue of transcontinental hypocrisy.

Journalist Ghamdan Al-Yousifi accused the United Nations of using the Safer tanker to raise funds, noting that all these millions of dollars that the United Nations collects for the Safer tanker is only a source of international livelihood from the tragedies of the Yemeni people.

Al-Yousifi wondered about the fate of the billions that the coalition provided to the United Nations, because it neither secured people from fear nor satiated them with hunger.

potential risks

According to figures and statistics, the environmental, economic and humanitarian cost that Yemen will lose in the event of an oil spill from the floating Safer tank, will be catastrophic by all standards.

In the event of a leak, about 115 Yemeni islands in the Red Sea will lose their biological diversity and natural habitats, while about 130,000 traditional Yemeni fishermen will lose their only source of livelihood, and about 900,000 tons of the amount of fish stocks in Yemeni waters will be damaged in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. .

The oil spills will kill nearly a thousand species of fish in territorial waters, and about 300 coral reefs and 768 species of algae will disappear due to the lack of oxygen.

Journalist Kamel Al-Khoudani said that according to experts, six million people will be poisoned, and that 3 million will be affected by the toxic gases resulting from the fires, and the livelihood of all fishermen and their families will be cut off.

Journalist Muhammad Anam said: “As long as the Houthi militia is not deterred from committing genocide against the Yemeni people, it will not hesitate to kill marine life, pointing out that the death of fish and marine life in the Red Sea is unfortunately a reality, and no one will prevent this crime from happening.”

Journalist Abdullah Ismail stressed that the case of the tanker Safer is the biggest revealing evidence of the terrorism of the Houthi militia, and the inability and inaction of the international community in the face of a catastrophe that will not be limited to Yemen and the region.

worst disaster

The 45-year-old oil tanker, called “Safer”, is docked negligently near the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah, and is believed to be in a state of threatening oil leakage.

The tanker is carrying four times the amount of oil that spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989, one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, and environmental activists warn that the cost of salvage is much less than the losses caused by the oil spill into the water.

The United Nations held a conference last week with the aim of raising $80 million in order to unload more than one million barrels of oil from the tanker, and was able to collect only a third of the amount.

She said that the oil spill could destroy ecosystems, destroy fisheries and cause the port of Hodeidah to be closed for six months.


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