Blockade of Yemen

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A 7 year old boy with cerebral palsey and malnourishment in hospital in Sanaa
Healthcare workers demonstrate against a blockade on Yemen imposed by a Saudi-led coalition, outside the headquarters of the United Nations in Yemen's capital Sanaa on May 7, 2015


Saudi warships are seen during "Gulf Shield 1" exercise by members of Royal Saudi Navy, east of Saudi Arabia

US Designation of Ansarallah as terrorist organization, Jan 2021


Areas covered under UN Resolution 2511



  • Tag (YPC) - Yemen Extra
  • YPC statement April 22, 2020:
    The Yemeni Oil Company reiterates its assertion that the aggression coalition continued to detain (16) oil ships with a total tonnage of (387,009) tons, arbitrarily and for varying periods, with a maximum of - for ships currently in detention - for a period of 42 days, while the period of arbitrary detention in previous cases reached Up to nearly five months, in clear violation of the provisions of the International Convention on Human Rights, the rules of international humanitarian law, and all applicable laws and customs, as well as its permanent disregard for the substance and goals of the Sweden Agreement, which emphasized in its entirety the necessity of facilitating the access of basic materials and humanitarian aid to the port of Hodeidah And It meets the needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people.
    This fact also contradicts what was stated in the briefings of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, before the Security Council, on January 16, 2020, and on October 22, 2019, during which he claimed that the fuel ships entered Hodeidah port without any obstacles.
    The aggression coalition continues to block the Yemeni citizens through maritime piracy that aims to impede the arrival of oil derivative ships, domestic gas, food, medicine and other urgent needs to the port of Hodeidah, despite the completion of these ships for all procedures of examination and auditing in Djibouti through the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNIVM), And obtaining international permits confirming that the load matches the conditions stipulated in the concept of operations of the verification and inspection mechanism.
    • Detail facility attached to the seized quantities and ships.
  • YPC statement May 9, 2020
    The Yemeni Oil Company renews its assertion that the aggression coalition continues to detain (12) oil ships with a total tonnage of (326,220) tons of petroleum products arbitrarily and for varying periods, reaching its maximum for ships currently held for 53 days...Detail facility attached with seized quantities and ships.
  • No oil entering Hodeidah for 38 days so far due to Saudi blockade - HodHod Yemen News Agency, February 9, 2021
  • Yemen lost over $28mn in 2020 by Saudi detention of fuel tankers - ABNA, February 21, 2021
  • Even ambulances are waiting in queues because the oil crisis caused by US seizure of oil ships - Bin Ghaleb (Twitter) March 1, 2021

Port of Hodeidah: Seizures, Allegations

Coalition Allegations

Iranian ship Saviz

Marine Traffic, Vessel Finder

Humanitarian Situation

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Floods - July, August 2020