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Yemeni artists protest Saudi aggression in open-air exhibition

16 March 2017 14:05


Yemeni artists have taken part in an open-air exhibition held in protest to Saudi Arabia’s relentless airstrikes on the war-torn country.

The murals drawn by artists on the walls of Sana’a University on Wednesday attracted large numbers of locals fed up with two years of the Saudi war in their country.

A man works on a mural on the southern wall of Sana’a University in the Yemeni capital during the Open Day of Art annual event on March 15, 2017. (Photos by AFP)

“I came here with my family to express how fed up we are with the way we’re living because of the war,” said Fouad Sharfeddin.

“This event gives us a breather and hope for a return to a normal life,” he added.

“Yemenis are lost,” said Sharfeddin’s wife Maryam. “We try to help the kids relax, even a little, by painting to express the feelings of repression we have.”

More than 12,000 have been killed since Riyadh unleashed the campaign against Yemen in March 2015 in a bid to push back revolutionary fighters from Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the resigned president who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.



Houthis and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, a former president, decided to form a unity government last year after Hadi and Saudis rejected a roadmap for peace proposed at the end of lengthy negotiations in Kuwait, which came under the auspices of the United Nations.

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