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Greenpeace warns of impact of the expected explosion of the “Safir” tanker on Saudi Arabia

The International “Greenpeace” organization issued its report on the “Safer” oil tanker, floating off the port of Ras Issa near the Yemeni city of Al-Hodeidah.

“Greenpeace” warned of the risk of an explosion in this tanker, which would significantly affect the countries bordering the Red Sea like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

During the press conference on the sidelines of the report’s release, the organization’s campaign manager in the Middle East and North Africa, Ahmed Al-Droubi, told CNN in Arabic about the impact of the “disaster” on Egypt and Saudi Arabia: “If the leak occurred in the winter season, it would affect the shores of western Arabia and Saudi Arabia and it would affect on desalination plants in Saudi lands,” he said.

Al-Droubi added, “The expected disaster will affect tourism projects and plans, the field of fishing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the impact will be clear and significant.

Regarding Egypt, the official in the organization said: “As for Egypt, the Red Sea is closed, so Bab al-Mandab is a small entrance to the Red Sea.

Al-Droubi added, “It (the leak) will also affect the mangroves, which have a great value in terms of eco-tourism, which affects the economy,” he said.

The Greenpeace official added, “Navigation through the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab may be disrupted, and the Suez Canal may be affected by the disaster,” as he put it.

The speakers warned of the danger of a catastrophe, which they said would certainly occur if the countries and concerned parties did not act away from the political conflict to protect Yemenis, stressing that the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef would be severely affected, which would impede the delivery of aid and food aid to more than 8 million Yemenis.

The organization called for putting aside political differences and protecting the marine environment in the Red Sea, stressing that the leak, if it occurs, will hinder marine fishing activity and will lead to the entry of petroleum products into fish bodies, which will negatively affect the health of Yemenis.

It is noteworthy that the tanker Safer has been floating near the port of Ras Issa (under the control of the Houthis) since 2015 and carries more than one million barrels of oil.

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