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Yemeni demonstrators decry Saudi military campaign

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Thousands of Yemenis rally in the western port city of al- Hudaydah, condemning the Saudi raids against their homeland on March 4, 2016. (almasirah)

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of the western port city of Hudaydah to condemn the Saudi regime’s months-long deadly military campaign against their country.

During the Friday march people chanted anti-Saudi slogans and censured the United States for supporting the Riyadh regime in its crippling airstrikes, Yemen's Arabic-language Saba news agency reported.

The protesters, marching for hours through the city, also carried banners reading “Targeting the port of Hudaydah equals genocide of the Yemeni people.”

According to a statement read at the end of the rally, about 70 percent of the Yemen’s population (more than 17 million people) is dependent on Hudaydah for food and medicine imports and the Saudi war machine is deliberately targeting the port to cause Yemenis more misery.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes carried out multiple airstrikes on Sana'a, Lahij, and Jawf provinces and inflicted damage to buildings and houses. They also destroyed a drinking water pump and three water tanker lorries in the northwestern province of Hajjah, a move aimed at inflicting further damage to Yemen’s civilian infrastructure.

On February 7, Saudi jets totally destroyed a reservoir in al-Nahdin district in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. The reservoir, which supplied water to at least 30,000 people in the densely populated area, could store up to 5,000 cubic meters of water and had cost Yemenis $4 million.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen in late March last year in a bid to bring the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Riyadh ally, back to power and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

A Yemeni girl carries jerrycans to fill them with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water supply to houses in the country's third-largest city of Ta'izz on September 3, 2015. (AFP)

Over 8,270 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed and 16,015 others injured since the onset of the aggression. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

On Friday, the United Nations said in a statement that in February alone Saudi war machine killed or wounded 246 people throughout the country.


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