Saudi Arabia offers $ 10 million to counter the “Safer” tank threat.

Today, Sunday, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center announced that Saudi Arabia has provided US $ 10 million to help address the existing threat of the ‘Safer’ oil tanker anchored on the Red Sea coast north of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah.

In a press release released by the Saudi news agency SPA, the center said that Saudi Arabia has always supported the efforts of the United Nations to address and avoid potential economic, humanitarian and environmental threats to the oil tanker “Safer” and the repercussions. of the oil spill from it, which could cause a major environmental and shipping disaster threatening the Red Sea coast and fishing communities International shipping and entry of life-saving food, fuel and supplies into Yemen, which will aggravate the humanitarian situation and threaten the countries bordering the Red Sea.

He stressed that the Kingdom has warned in more of an occasion than in In the event of oil spills from the “Safer” tanker, which holds more than one million barrels and has not been maintained since 2015, the world will witness the largest environmental disaster threatening underwater life, fisheries and biodiversity as a result of the oil spill.

The center said that “on the anniversary of the United Nations World Oceans Day, June 8, 2022, the need arose to activate collective action to protect the oceans, as oceans are one of the main sources of food. is the greatest ally of the face of climate change, and the Kingdom is following international developments in this regard as part of its concern for the conservation of the most important marine resources and ecosystems.

He continued: “In the interest of the Kingdom, represented by the King Salman Relief Center, to stabilize Yemen and support international efforts to find solutions to all that threatens the pace and international security, in in this context, numerous meetings and discussions were held with the international community in order to reach the need to support a rescue plan for the tanker Safer, and in continuation of the previous support provided. For the maintenance of this tanker, and in support of the efforts of United Nations organizations to find the appropriate plan to neutralize the potential danger to this tanker, the Kingdom today provided an amount of US $ 10 million.

Saudi Arabia has asked the United Nations to “rapidly take the necessary measures to ensure the prevention of oil spills and transfer it in a place of safety or take advantage of it for the benefit of the fraternal Yemeni people. It also invites the international community to help urgently support this initiative and prevent a serious environmental disaster “.

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