Yemen’s 150,000 b/d Aden refinery resumed operations after being shut for more than five months, reported Reuters

“The refinery is back online and is refining crude it had in storage from before,” a source at the refinery said, adding that the refinery was now operating at half of its processing capacity.

The plant, in the southern city of Aden, was shut in April due to the worsening conflict, with Saudi forces launching strikes against Houthi rebels.

In other developments Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition recaptured several strategic sites from Houthi rebels in the oil-rich Marib province, according to Bloomberg.

Yemen, while poor in oil itself, sits astride the Bab-el-Mandeb which controls access to the Red Sea and Suez Canal, one of the most important routes for oil tankers in the world.