Yemen: Fuels:Written question - 143110

Q
Asked by Stephen Twigg
(Liverpool, West Derby)
Asked on: 11 May 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: Fuels
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the blockade in Yemen on the price of and accessibility of fuel in that country.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 May 2018

Yemen imports almost all of its fuel. Consistent fuel supplies are critical to an effective humanitarian response - fuel supports vital infrastructure including water supplies for major cities, grain mills, and hospital generators, as well as enables the delivery of urgent food supplies and clean water across the country.

While the level of fuel imported to Yemen has recently improved, it remains below the country’s needs - 81% of the monthly fuel needs were met through imports via all ports in April compared to 65% in March. Furthermore, the price of fuel remains higher than the level before restrictions were put in place in November. For example, diesel costs over 40% more than one year ago. This is partly due to a decrease in the value of the Yemeni currency.

The UK will continue to call on all parties to the conflict to allow unhindered humanitarian and commercial access throughout Yemen, including for fuel.

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