MA’RIB – Fierce clashes resumed on Thursday between Islah forces and Tribal Militants in Ma’rib province, northeast of Yemen.
The fighting came a day after the first shipment of oil from the Safer oil fields was exported via locomotives to Shabwah.
Local sources said that tribal gunmen from Al-Muthanna attacked areas held by Hadi’s forces near the oil fields of Safer, due to them rejecting the gunmen’s demands for compensation for Saudi coalition raids.
The sources pointed out that violent clashes broke out between the parties, and that the army forces loyal to the Islah Party and Hadi in Ma’rib used tanks in the bombing of tribal areas.
On Wednesday, border areas between Ma’rib and Shabwah provinces in eastern Yemen witnessed bloody clashes as a result of the Islah Party’s decision to transport crude oil from Safer oilfield in Ma’rib to the Ayadh area of Shabwah.
“Armed clashes erupted between Islah’s militias and gunmen in al-Makhtam area in Ma’rib province during the process of transporting crude oil from the oilfields of Safer to Ayadh area and then to the oil port of al-Nushayma in Shabwah,” sources briefed on the events told Yemen Press Agency.
The clashes resulted in several dead and wounded from both sides, the sources added. Moreover, tribal gunmen succeeded in intercepting an oil shipment.
Local sources said that the gunmen burned one of 10 tankers, while the rest continued on their way, but it was not clear what motivated the gunmen to attempt to intercept the shipment.
A source at the oil company of Safer said that the company resumed crude oil exports on Wednesday for the first time since the operation was halted by the war in early 2015.