SANA’A, Apr. 14 (Saba) – The occupied southern provinces have witnessed protests and sit-ins over the past period, over worsening humanitarian and economic conditions and the deterioration of basic services.
According to a report issued by the Media Center of the Southern Provinces received by Saba, the systematic looting of oil resources by the countries of the US-Saudi-UAE aggression and its tools exacerbated the humanitarian situation and caused the deterioration of services. Revenues in the southern provinces amount to 1.6 trillion riyals per year, according to the confessions of the fugitive Hadi government.
The report confirmed that the expenditures of these provinces are limited compared to total monthly and annual revenues from oil sales, tax revenues, customs, and other duties, as service improvement expenditures do not account for about 25 percent of total looted revenues.
protests and sit-ins
More than 87 protests were carried out by residents of the occupied southern provinces in Aden, Hadramout, Shabwa, Abyan, Lahj, al-Dhale’ and a number of occupied cities, including 43 sit-ins and strikes by employees working in revenue institutions.
Protests and demands from southern provinces have increased by 200%, compared to last year, with more than 63 vigils, demonstrations, and sit-ins documented during the first three months of this year due to the worsening electricity crisis, deteriorating living and humanitarian conditions as a result of the collapse of the currency exchange rate and the worsening water crisis.
The report noted that the mercenaries’ government has transferred billions of riyals of revenues from the port of Aden to the Islah militia in Marib in the past two months. He stressed that the fugitive Hadi government ignored the demands of the people of the legitimate southern provinces and traded their suffering for financial gains and aid from a number of countries, including Kuwait.
Looting of Aden’s ports revenues
Despite the systematic destruction of the most important national institutions in Aden province, such as refineries and ports, however, tax and customs revenues, port service fees, and other revenues in Aden, which are looted by the tools of the aggression coalition, exceed half a trillion riyals a year.
The report confirmed that revenues from Aden ports increased significantly after container ships were diverted to Aden.
He said that these revenues are enough to improve all basic public services in Aden as well as pay the salaries of employees in the city. He explained that these revenues are being shared and looted by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi tools.
Revenue and Starvation Policy
The report showed that the countries of the coalition are pursuing a policy of starvation and intimidation against citizens in the southern provinces. He pointed out that what is happening to citizens there is a planned action aimed at confusing society with the implementation of an agenda and conspiracies that violate national sovereignty.
He pointed out that the revenues of the border al-Wadiah outlet exceeded 30 billion riyals last year, in addition to the revenues of air traffic transported to the cities of Aden and Sayun.
The report noted that many government services that generate billions of riyals have been transferred from the free provinces to the occupied territories.
Yemen’s Total Economic Indicators (2017-2020), released earlier this year by a media organization under the control of the aggression coalition, quoted the average revenue stolen from oil sales in Hadramaut sectors from January 2018 to December 2020, which amounted to $4.80 million, at a monthly rate of $85 million.
Revenues from the oil sectors in Shabwa during the same period amounted to $792 million at a rate of $16.5 million per month. He pointed out that oil revenues in the two provinces, which are experiencing suffocating fuel crises and a severe deterioration in services exceed 3.5 trillion riyals according to the exchange rate of the printed currency.
According to the media center, Shabwa oil, which is exported annually, amounts to more than 12 million barrels, where it is exported illegally and through smuggling channels whose revenues go to the military, Saudi, Emirati, and Islah Party leaders controlling oil sites in the province.
According to the report, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deliberately prevented any oil companies from returning to exploration and oil exploration in the southern provinces, while the Islah Party was granted extensive concessions on the coasts of Shabwa province.
According to the report, Saudi Arabia has sought to stop any new oil exploration in al Sab’atayn Basin and in return is carrying out a major drain to extract oil from the al-Shaybah oil field.
Source: Yemen News Agency