A dispute over a school threatens to stop the production and export of oil from the Masila fields - videoEnglish - الخميس 23 سبتمبر 2021 الساعة 10:36 ص
Al Jaber tribes in Hadhramaut Governorate, eastern Yemen, threatened to stop the production and export of crude oil from the Masila fields.
This threat came amid a dispute between the tribes and the local authority, after directives from Hadhramaut Governor, Major General Faraj Al-Bahsani, to build a school on land near the oil fields in Ghail Bin Yamin District.
Armed groups from the Al Jaber tribe set up checkpoints near the Petromasila Company, and prevented the passage of oil derivatives trailers, with the aim of putting pressure on the authorities to stop the school building process.
The mediation of the Hadhramaut Valley and Desert Tribes Alliance intervened to resolve the dispute over the land based on the governor's decision.
The mediation, in a secret letter to the governor of Hadhramaut and the governorate’s deputy for valley and desert affairs - obtained by NewsYemen - stressed the need to stop building the school until the ownership of the land is decided upon by the competent authorities.
This caused the tribal sector to not reach the diesel tankers to the stations operating the electricity, which doubled the suffering of citizens by increasing the hours of power cuts from their homes, in addition to a crisis in oil derivatives and petroleum products.
In the same context, the head of the consensus committee of the Al Jaber tribe, Awad Al-Jabri, said in an exclusive interview with NewsYemen that the installation of a tribal point on the road leading to the Petromasila headquarters came after they had run out of patience, noting that the dispute is old on the ground.
He added that the disputed school project is located in an area devoid of residents, stressing that the mediations that were submitted to the site, which passes through the oil fields for three hours, did not reach a result, and the aim is to seize the oil wells and their locations.
He threatened to take other escalatory steps to pressure the local authority to stop the construction process in the school project, including blocking the movement of vehicles and travelers completely.