Legitimacy in Aden response to the Houthi threats to shipping companies and agents

English - الثلاثاء 04 أكتوبر 2022 الساعة 06:22 م
Aden, NewsYemen, special:

The Houthi militia, Iran's arm in Yemen, continues to spread its terrorist threats and threaten to stop any activities related to the oil and gas sector in the liberated areas.

This time, it resorted to sending official circulars and warnings through the General Authority for Maritime Affairs in Hodeidah Governorate to the offices of companies and shipping agencies warning them of the consequences of ignoring their warnings and threats.

The Houthi messages were met with a strong and quick government response through the headquarters of the General Authority for Maritime Affairs in the capital, Aden, which rejected these directives and met them with a circular directing companies and shipping agents in the liberated areas not to deal with Houthi directives and to continue their work normally.

According to the sources, several messages issued by the Houthis through the Maritime Affairs Authority in Hodeidah were sent to many shipping companies in the liberated areas calling on them to abide by Houthi directives and to stop any activities related to the oil and gas sector, unless the company will bear the consequences, as described by the threatening messages.

The sources said that the companies and agents of the shipping offices rushed to send copies of these messages to the headquarters of the General Authority for Maritime Affairs in Aden to obtain clarifications, which prompted the main center to issue an urgent circular rejecting the Houthi threat messages to clarify the matter. 

The Yemeni news agency, Saba, in its Houthi version, said that Mahdi Al-Mashat directed the release of official letters to all relevant companies and entities - in reference to oil exploration companies operating in Yemen - to stop completely.

The government response came by directing a circular to the heads of shipping companies and agencies not to deal completely with the memoranda and circulars issued by the branch of the General Authority for Maritime Affairs in Hodeidah, which is controlled by the Iranian arm regarding the prevention of maritime transport operations (oil, gas and mineral exports) without referring to the Presidency of the General Authority for Maritime Affairs, the main center - Aden, being the authorized authority according to the law.

The circular stressed not to deal with any memorandum or circular unless it was issued by the presidency of the General Authority for Maritime Affairs, the main center - Aden.