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Yemenis hold demos denouncing foreign meddling, terror drones

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of Sa’ada to protest against foreign interference in Yemen’s internal affairs, Press TV reports.
In massive demonstrations revolutionaries chanted slogans against the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia and called for the expulsion of US Ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein.

The demonstrators also condemned Washington’s drone attacks in southern Yemen.

The US military has also used assassination drones in Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and Iraq.

Washington claims that the drones target terrorists in the operations, but civilians have often been killed in the strikes.

In an interview with Press TV on July 15, Moufid Jaber, an expert with the Center for Middle East Studies and Public Relations in Beirut, said that the Israeli regime has a role “in sowing instability in Yemen… through many channels that lead to al-Qaeda” and also by “political means through the US.”

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen’s major cities since January 2011, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding that relatives of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh be sacked from their government posts.

Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to then Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011.

Yemen is the Arab world’s poorest country. Forty percent of the people of Yemen are living on two US dollars a day or less and one third are wrestling with chronic hunger.

About 31.5 percent of the population is “food insecure” and around 12 percent of the Yemeni people are “severely food insecure,” according to the United Nations.

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