Amidst cries of starving Yemeni children, Saudi Arabia has initiated construction of petrol pipeline through the war-torn country.
The Kingdom has formally started the construction in Yemen’s province Al-Mahra, which will allow Saudi Arabia to directly transport oil to the Arabian Sea, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait as reported by a high-ranking Yemeni official.
Speaking to an international reporting source, wishing to stay anonymous, the official told that the new under-process pipeline will allow Saudi Arabia to export oil from Al-Mahra’s refineries through the largest contagious sand desert in the world named Rub’ al Khali – located in Yemen’s northeast.
For KSA, the petroleum port will provide a unique strategic point, eliminating the barrier it previously faced. It will allow the Kingdom to not be constrained to Strait of Hormuz or Bab el-Mandeb Strait, both that previously served as strategic ‘choke points’ for oiling shipping routes.
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As per the contents of a letter sent by The Huta Group (Jeddah based marine construction firm) to Mohammed al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen), the firm stated that it will visit al-Mahra for conducting the initial surveys and prepare an estimate for the construction.
The inception of the port was influenced by 2017 military campaigns against al-Mahra, carried out by United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. Al-Mahra, that borders Oman, is heavily prone to a broader war in the country due to the scanty presence of Houthis and other armed groups in the province.
Meanwhile, residents of al-Mahra are staging a sit-in protest, rejecting Saudi policies in the region and resisting their control over the region’s infrastructure. 17% of Yemen’s petroleum imports from Oman enter the country through the border crossing in al-Mahra, along with the province’s seaport and airport, which are currently under UAE and KSA’s control.
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