UN fears ’catastrophe’ if decaying Yemen oil tanker ruptures

UN fears ’catastrophe’ if decaying Yemen oil tanker ruptures

The UNSC expressed fear Wednesday that an abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen with 1.1M gallon of crude in it could rupture leading to environment disaster. The rusting vessel has had no maintenance since the last five years. Houthis, who control the area, have agreed in principle to let a UN team access the tanker, but they did the same last year too, only to cancel it at the last minute.

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Yemen is already going through a severe humanitarian crisis. An oil spill by this tanker can lead to 115 Yemeni islands losing their biodiversity and 126,000 Yemeni fishermen losing their source of income. Perhaps, some sense will prevail and the Houthis won't cancel out the agreement this time.

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