Lebanese people denounce Saudi aggression against Yemen
The Lebanese people, along with Palestinian and Yemeni expatriates living in Lebanon, have staged a protest rally to denounce the Saudi military aggression against Yemen, Press TV reports.
Protesters took to the streets near the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, calling on the UN and the international community to stop the Saudi strikes.
The demonstrators carried banners and shouted slogans against the Saudi regime during the rally, which was organized by the Lebanese committee for solidarity with Yemen.
A Hezbollah representative participating in the rally told Press TV that the UN should take serious measures to end the Saudi attacks.
“We are here to tell this international institution that the Yemeni people are an oppressed people who are facing a brutal aggression and the United Nations should move to stop this crime and send humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people,” said Mahmoud Komati, the deputy leader of Hezbollah’s political bureau.
Many political observers and military figures believe the continuation of the Saudi strikes against Yemeni civilians proves that the Saudis have failed to weaken the Yemenis’ resolve.
“The continuation of the aggression is proof of their failure. The mass destruction that has taken place and the destruction of the infrastructure and civilian areas show that they (the Saudis) have not achieved any of their objectives,” Yahya Mahammad Saleh, a retired Yemeni general, told Press TV.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital city of Sana’a and other major provinces, and to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
According to the latest UN figures, the Saudi military campaign has so far claimed the lives of over 1,400 people and injured close to 6,000, roughly half of whom have been civilians.
Earlier this month, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and medical charity group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known in English as Doctors Without Borders, expressed “extreme” concern about the Saudi strikes on Yemen’s lifelines and its obstruction of aid deliveries to the impoverished nation.