The UN has started siphoning oil from the deteriorating tanker, known as SOF Safer, off the coast of Yemen to prevent a potential environmental catastrophe.
Why it matters
The transfer of oil from the decaying tanker is crucial in preventing a potential environmental and humanitarian catastrophe on a colossal scale, as warned by many organizations over the years.
What the papers say
The Times of Israel emphasizes the critical nature of the oil transfer to avoid a colossal environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. Al Jazeera highlights the UN's assumption of risk to conduct the delicate operation, while AP News mentions the completion of the oil transfer operation in less than three weeks. The Independent provides background on the deteriorating tanker and the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
How we got here
The deteriorating tanker, SOF Safer, has been at risk of causing a major oil spill or explosion for years, prompting the UN to initiate the complex salvage operation to prevent a potential environmental disaster.
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Yemen, officially the Republic of Yemen, is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab sovereign state in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 square kilometres.
The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.