Yemen rebels 'ready' for UN mission to repair tanker, deny delay

Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Wednesday they are “ready” to allow a UN mission to inspect a long-abandoned fuel tanker which threatens to cause a massive oil spill, denying UN allegations of new delaying tactics. The 45-year-old fuel vessel, abandoned near the western port of Hodeida since 2015, has 1.1 million barrels of crude on board, and a rupture or explosion would have disastrous environmental and humanitarian consequences. “There is nothing new, no problems and no delays,” Ahmed Dares, a Houthi official responsible for oil affairs, told AFP. He said they were “ready for maintenance operati…

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