Yemen warns Egypt and Saudi Arabia of an environmental disaster

16 September, 2022
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Yemen warns Egypt and Saudi Arabia of an environmental disaster

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdul-Malik confirmed today, Friday, that the explosion or collapse of the floating oil tank Safer, "would exceed any environmental disaster in human history", if it occurs.

“We are facing a time bomb. The tank, which has been in operation for 45 years, and carries more than one million barrels of crude oil, has reached a significant stage of deterioration, as maintenance operations have stopped since the beginning of the war,” Abdul Malik said, during a meeting in the temporary Yemeni capital, Aden.

 "The collapse of the reservoir will affect the environmental life in the Red Sea and the riparian countries (Egypt and Saudi Arabia), and it will affect fresh water sources and the agricultural environment in large areas, which means direct and significant damage to the income and sources of livelihood of millions of Yemenis," he added.


"It will also affect the international shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden, the Bab al-Mandab strait, all the way to the Suez Canal," Abdul Malik said.

He pointed out that "the cost of addressing environmental damage only, will be in the tens of billions of dollars, and it will take long decades."


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