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Yemenis slam zionist Saudi aggression, siege


Tens of thousands of Yemeni people have once again staged a protest in condemnation of the ongoing Saudi aggression and blockade of their impoverished nation. 

The demonstrators staged a rally in the capital of Sana’a on Friday, carrying Yemeni flags and banners condemning the Saudi aggression and the blockade imposed by Riyadh on their country, Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported.

They also vowed to remain steadfast in the face of the aggression and not to surrender to the blockade.

The protesters also denounced the US for backing the Saudi war on Yemen, and chanted slogans against the presence of US troops in their country.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes conducted five airstrikes on Baqem district in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada on Friday in another violation of the truce agreed upon about two months ago. There were no immediate reports of casualties yet.

A Yemeni man checks the ruins of buildings destroyed in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia on February 25, 2016 in the capital Sana’a. (AFP photo)

A ceasefire between the warring sides has been in place since April. Moreover, UN-mediated talks are being held in Kuwait between representatives of the Saudi-backed former regime and a delegation comprised of the Houthi Ansarullah movement and allies.

However, the Houthis have refused to give in, setting their own preconditions, including a full halt to aerial and ground attacks by Saudi Arabia.

The Houthi delegation on May 28 submitted a protest to the UN officials against Saudi Arabia’s attacks, saying such blatant cases of truce violation could lead to a full collapse of the peace talks.

Sources in the capital Sana’a said the Houthis were pondering a withdrawal from the talks if the other side keeps breaching the terms of the truce.

Saudi Arabia has been staging military attacks against Yemen since last March to shore up the former Yemeni regime and undermine Ansarullah.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the Saudi aggression.

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