Three oil engineers working at Safer Exploration & Production Operation Company (SEPOC) have been abducted in the rebel-held capital, Sana’a, while heading to the headquarters of SEPOC in Marib province.
SEPOC said in a statement seen by the government-owned news agency Saba that the Iran-backed Houthi militia stopped a bus carrying employees of the company that was heading to Marib and got engineers Ameen Almaqtari and Jabr Aladashi out of the bus, taking them, blindfolded, to an unknown destination.
Engineer Mohammed Fuad was also abducted in front of his home while he was leaving for Marib, where the headquarters of the company is located, the oil company said.
“Assaulting SEPOC’s employees is an assault to all Yemenis,” the company said in its statement.
“SEPOC holds the Houthi militia accountable for the safety of the three engineers, some of them suffer from chronic diseases,” the statement added, calling on INGOs and UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to intervene and release its abducted employees.
SEPOC is the first and only nationalized Oil and Gas Company that locally produces oil and gas in war-torn Yemen.