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Mass rallies held in Yemen against Saudi offensive

15 April 2016 17:25



People in several cities across Yemen have taken to the streets to condemn incessant Saudi attacks on civilians despite a truce meant for facilitating peace talks.

In a major rally on Friday, thousands gathered in central streets of the capital Sana’a to condemn the attacks which have continued despite the truce starting early last week.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said the rally in Matar Street  was held under the slogan of “responsibility of free world to stop aggression and siege” with the participants chanting slogans against the United States and Saudi Arabia while denouncing the silence of the international community on the crimes committed by the Saudis.

The demonstrators also held banners showing images of civilians affected by the deadly airstrikes, calling on the United Nations to fulfill its responsibilities and stop the carnage.

During the march, Yemenis also warned the Saudi leadership that the continued attacks on the people in Yemen will only strengthen the steadfastness of the nation.

Similar demonstrations were held in other cities, with Yemenis declaring their support for the Houthi Ansarullah movement and allies in the face of Saudi aggression.

More than a year of aerial attacks by Saudi Arabia and allies against Yemen have left around 9,500 people dead, while hundreds of thousands have been displaced across the impoverished country.

The illegal attacks are intended to push back the Houthis from Sana’a and other places they control across Yemen so that the country’s resigned president, Abd Rabbuah Mansour Hadi, a major ally of Riyadh, could be reinstated.

The United Nations has planned peace talks between representatives of Hadi and Houthis in Kuwait beginning on April 18.

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