Houthis threaten to cut telecom services under the pretext of fuel shortages

Republican Yemen

Under the pretext of fuel shortages, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels warned that they will cut telecommunications and internet services in areas under their control.

Telecommunications corporation’s stock of fuel is about to run out which could cause the switchboards and other stations to stop operating, Houthi-run Saba news agency reported.

“Large segments of Yemenis will be deprived of communication and internet service, and most economic and banking activities that depend on telecommunications services and the internet to conduct their business will cease,” it said.

Last week, the Houthi rebels shut down Sana’a Airport and barred UN aid flights from landing at the airport, using the same pretext of fule crisis.

Following the closure of Sana’a Airport, the Yemeni government accused the rebels of willfully creating a fuel crisis in areas under their control so that they could raise prices in the black market where oil derivatives are abundant.

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