Yemen’s Masila fields ‘resume output’

22 January 2015, News Wires – Oilfield operations in Yemen’s Hadramout province have resumed following a shut-in as rebels seized the president’s chief of staff amid a dispute over a proposed new constitution, according to a report.

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Yemen soldiers Photo: Reuters/Scanpix

The oil and gas operations in the Masila oilfields in the eastern province are now up and running again, Reuters reported, citing an unidentified labour union official.

Operations, including at the Total-operated Balhalf has export facility, had been hit by the suspension.

The Shi’ite Houthis seized President Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi’s chief of staff, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, on Saturday amid the dispute over the proposed new constitution that threatens to bring down the government.

Reports on Thursday indicate that Houthi rebels remain in key positions in the capital Sanaa despite a deal having been reached that was to secure their withdrawal.

Hadi on Wednesday agreed to allow the rebels a larger role in Yemen’s proposed new political process, including expanded representation in parliament and state institutions.


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