YEMEN (OBSERVATORY) – Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have put in place an organized system of stealing Yemeni resources.
An analysis of the measures taken for several months by the countries that have attacked Yemen shows that the latter have concentrated their efforts on the theft of oil resources in that country and that they intend to compensate for the millions they lost in this war.
Corruption of Yemeni mercenaries
Reports are circulating on the organization of a corruption of Yemeni mercenaries of the Arab coalition.
According to the news website Al-Ahed, the governor of Maarib is arrogating thousands of dollars every day thanks to the theft of oil from the country. The same is true of other officials in Maarib province, such as Sheikh Sultan al-Aradah, who is one of the most important leaders of the Al-Islah party, close to Riyadh.
The latter would put in his pocket every day 500 million Saudi Riyals through the sale of oil and gas from Yemen.
It seems that the resources obtained by the sale of oil and gas by these local officials are in no way transferred to the central bank of the country, which is located in the city of Aden. Sultan al-Aradah reportedly set up an independent system to bypass the central bank.
350 million Saudi Riyals would be divided between military commanders and political leaders from different provinces controlled by forces opposed to Ansarallah.
Much of this stolen money is also used to grease the tribal sheikhs whose loyalty they want to earn before they go to war in Ansarallah.
Theft of oil resources from Yemen by Abu Dhabi and Riyadh
The Arab countries that have attacked Yemen have long sought to take control of provinces in the south to take control of their natural resources: gas, oil, etc.
Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the UAE has taken control of the city of al-Mukallah in Hadramaout province since 2016. According to reports, it has been nine months since the UAE started oil production in the country. the facilities of al-Massilah.
The Petro Massilah company produces 36,000 barrels of oil derivatives every day, which would be equivalent to 1 million barrels a month. These 36,000 barrels are transferred daily to the port of al-Zabat, controlled by pro-Abu Dhabi forces, and are sold by Emirati companies without any intervention by pro-Hadi officials.
Abu Dhabi has also taken control, with the help of local militia, five production services and 11 potentially oil-bearing areas in Shabwat province. Abu Dhabi has also transformed Yemen’s largest gas condensate transfer port, Belhaf Port, into a military base. It can thus have complete control over the export process of the gas condensate of this country. This measure allows Abu Dhabi to dispense with gas condensate imported from Qatar, which provides 25% of the UAE’s needs.
The UAE has accelerated the production of crude oil from the Shabwat oilfield and only four months after oil resources fell in the region, they extract up to 17,000 barrels of oil a day. This flight is via an Austrian company called UMV and from the oil field of al-Aqlat, which is the second largest oil field in Yemen. US-based Urban Gas moved to the Al-Aqlat field with a 13-kilometer pipeline to transfer oil from this area to the port of al-Nashimat. This company supported by the Emirati forces is currently working to steal oil and gas resources from Yemen.
In parallel with the Emirati actions in Shabwat, there are those in Riyadh in the Yemeni province of al-Mahrah, which is under the complete military control of Riyadh. Having taken control of the region under the pretext of fighting against terrorism, Riyadh sent new central soldiers there last week and is trying to set up an oil pipeline linking Saudi Arabia to al-Mahrah.
Witnesses report that Riyadh paid the tribal sheikhs of al-Kharakhir area.
Meanwhile, a local source in the city of al-Gheizat told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar that Riyadh had created a military zone closed to the public at al-Kharakhir and that road construction companies, industrialists, workers etc. had begun to work there.
Riyadh has also increased its military presence near the al-Nashtioun oil port and has set up military bases nearby. It therefore seems that Riyadh wants to reserve this port for the export of oil from Yemen.