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Yemenis hold demonstration in Sa’ada against foreign meddling
Yemeni protesters stage a protest rally in northern city of Sa’ada. (file photo)
Yemeni protesters stage a protest rally in northern city of Sa’ada. (file photo)
Sat Sep 1, 2012 3:43AM
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Yemenis have once again taken to the streets to protest against foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs, Press TV reports.

In a massive demonstration in the northern city of Sa’ada on Friday, protesters chanted slogans against the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The demonstrators also condemned Washington’s assassination drone attacks in Yemen and called for an immediate end to the airstrikes.

Earlier in the day, eight people were killed in a US drone attack in the southeastern province of Hadramout, raising the death toll to 14 in such attacks this week.

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.

Also on Friday, Yemenis held a demonstration in the capital Sana'a to call for the safeguarding of their last year’s revolution.

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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