Government: Oil spill to cause environmental disaster in sea water

Government: Oil spill to cause environmental disaster in sea water

Alsahwa Net- Over one million-oil barrel tank began leaking into waters of the Red Sea from a floating government-owned oil tanker that is stranded near Hodeida city, the government said on Sunday.

The government said that maintenance teams have not been able to check and repair the tanker because the Houthis rebels have prevented access to the tanker that is docked at Ras Issa port, north Hodeida, that is still under the Houthis’ control.

The oil spill will certainly cause an environmental disaster in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Moreover, marine species of countries around the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden are also at severe risk if the problem remains unresolved, the government warned.

It added that the UN failed so far to exercise pressures on the Houthis to allow technical check and repairs of the oil tanker that has not undergone any service since more than four years ago.

“The oil spill has already begun due to damages of the tank. This is going to cause a disaster four times worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 in Alaska of the United States,” the government said in a video statement published on its twitter account.

In May of this year, the Houthis banned a UN technical team that was sent to check the tanker, according to the government.

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