Yemen: Health, environment and economy remain under threat
In her first briefing since last July, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), reminded ambassadors that an agreement reached in November with Houthi forces, formally known as Ansar Allah, on the scope of work need to make the vessel secure, had generated hope of a swift resolution.
However, due to “political and logistical obstacles”, she said the planned assessment mission has yet to deploy.
“As a result, we still do not know the exact condition of the vessel, nor what the best solution would be to deal with 1.1 million barrels of oil in an ageing tanker located in an environmentally sensitive area of the Red Sea”, said Ms. Andersen.
“About one million internally displaced people who live in Yemen could be covered by this smoke plume”, triggering potentially severe health impacts in vulnerable populations, the UNEP chief spelled out.