YCHO Statement on Iran Backed Houthi Militia’s Detainment of 16 Vessels
November 08, 2018
The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Support Center continues to follow statements issued by a number of humanitarian organizations warning that Northern Yemen is at risk of famine. Given the YCHO Support Center's role in facilitating the humanitarian work of international organizations operating in Yemen, and recognizing the importance of keeping NGOs and INGOs informed of the main reasons contributing directly to exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and based on progress reports received by the center detailing operations in Yemen's ports currently receiving food and oil products, we have found the following:
1. The Houthi militias have detained 16 ships in Yemen's Hodeidah and Salif ports carrying food and oil products, some of which have been in detention for more than a month, threatening to damage the cargo of wheat and flour in some ships.
2. The number of vessels detained inside Hodeida port are (5) vessels carrying medicine, medical equipment, sugar and liquefied gas.
3. The number of vessels detained in the front area of Hodeida port are (8) ships carrying maize, soybeans, wheat, flour and liquefied gas.
4. The number of vessels detained inside Salif port are (3) vessels, (2) of which were not allowed to unload their cargo of maize, wheat and soybeans.
5. There are (134) migrants and (293) sailors of 17 different nationalities from Asia, Europe and Africa aboard the vessels.
6. The total tonnage of the captured ships is (198,860.88) tons consisting of (116,880) tons of wheat, maize, sugar, soybeans, (79,722) tons of medicine and medical equipment, and (119,022) tons of liquefied gas.
7. These ships carry the flags of (9) countries: Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Malta, Comoros, Marshall Islands, Bahamas, Panama, Nigeria, and Palau.
The YCHO appeals to NGOs and INGOs operating in Yemen to place pressure on the Houthi militias to promptly release the detained vessels, and to allow these ships to offload their cargo and deliver food and relief assistance to Northern Yemen. We also call on these organizations and the international community to denounce and condemn these practices that disrupt humanitarian relief operations in Yemen.