Four oil tankers blocked from entering Hudaidah port

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Yemeni government last week blocked four oil tankers from entering the Red Sea’s Hudaidah port, which is currently controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The Saudi coalition is fighting a proxy war for control of the Bab al Mandab strait, which controls local oil traffic to the markets of sub-Saharan Africa, reports Reuters.

The tankers that were denied entrance to the port contained about 10% of Yemen’s monthly energy requirement.

Ras Isa and Saleef ports are also controlled by Houthi forces. Any vessels headed in that direction are at risk of being intercepted by the Saudi coalition.

It was not immediately clear why the tankers were denied access to the port. The UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed that the four vessels were turned back last week and decried restrictions on vessels going to the port.