Yemenis rally in Sana’a on 2nd anniversary of Saudi war

March 26, 2017 2:33 pm
Thousands of Yemenis have
poured out into the streets of the capital to mark the second
anniversary of the brutal Saudi war, which has left a massive trail of
death and devastation across the impoverished Arab state.

On
Sunday, the demonstrators converged on al-Sabin Square in Sana’a,
waving national flags and chanting slogans against the Saudi military
offensive and two-year bloodshed.
Senior Yemeni officials also participated in the demonstration.
Speaking
at the event, Saleh al-Samad, the president of the Supreme Political
Council, praised the nation’s firm resistance in the face of the Saudi
aggression and said the Riyadh regime failed to bring to its knees
despite all the money and resources at its disposal.
The official
further held and its partners responsible for the collapse
of the conflict resolution talks between Yemeni warring sides, saying
the US and Israel are also in cahoots with the Riyadh regime in its war
on Yemen.

“Yemen’s resistance, however, proved to be more powerful than any weapon in the world,” Samad said.

On
the eve of the war’s second anniversary, Abdul-Malik Badreddin
al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, also
addressed the nation, saying the kingdom’s almost daily airstrikes
against civilians are nothing short of war crimes.

Yemenis hold a mass rally in Sana’a to protest the Saudi aggression, March 26, 2017.On
March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia, backed by a number of African and Persian
Gulf Arab states, began launching airstrikes on different areas across
Yemen, its southern neighbor, in an attempt to reinstall the former
Yemeni government, which was a close Riydah ally.
The campaign,
which also involves ground operations and a naval blockade, has so far
left over 12,000 civilians dead, pushing the Arab world’s poorest
country to the verge of famine.
Indiscriminate Saudi bombardments
have taken a heavy toll on Yemeni infrastructure, schools and hospitals,
with prominent rights groups censuring Riyadh’s military for the use of
internationally-banned weapons against Yemeni civilians.
As the
war enters its third year, Saudi Arabia has failed to fulfill its
declared goals of war and seems without an exit strategy.
The
Saudi intervention in the conflict came months after Yemen’s Houthi
Ansarullah movement took state matters in its hands after the former
president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, stepped down and fled to Riyadh.
The former president is now based in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, but spends most of his time in the Saudi capital.
Several
rounds of peace talks between Ansarullah and the Saudi-sponsored party,
loyal to Hadi, have failed to yield results amid deep divisions.
Ansarullah fighters, backed by army forces and popular forces, are currently defending the nation against the Saudi offensive.
The
chaos in Yemen, fueled by the Saudi campaign, has given the Takfiri
al-Qaeda and Daesh terror groups room to operate in the country, further
complicating the situation on the ground there.

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