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Houthis: Coalition forces release detained oil tanker

Commercial oil tanker AbQaiq readies itself to receive oil at Mina-Al-Bkar Oil terminal (MABOT), an off shore Iraqi oil installation [US Navy-Wikipedia]
An oil tanker, 19 July 2019 [US Navy / Wikipedia]

Yemen's Houthi rebel group announced Sunday that coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia have released an oil tanker detained for nearly four months.

"Coalition forces released the oil tanker Dobra, which is carrying 25,993 tons of gasoline," Yemen Petroleum Company, which is under Houthi control, said in a statement.

The tanker, which was detained for 118 days, has reached Hudaydah port, it said, adding coalition forces are still holding 16 oil tankers, including two diesel and two gas vessels and 12 vessels carrying gasoline.

It was also stressed that the gasoline in the released tanker is enough to meet local needs for only five days.

Coalition forces have not released a statement so far.

Regions in Yemen controlled by the Houthis continue to experience fuel shortages.

READ: Saudi Arabia suspends oil exports through Red Sea lane after Houthi attack

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