Press TV, Sana'a
Yemenis have come together in the capital Sana’a to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain, the third Shia Imam, who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 A.D. The demonstrators say the battle has inspired them to remain resilient against the relentless aggression by Saudi Arabia against the impoverished nation.
This year's martyrdom anniversary comes as Yemenis are in the fifth year of their resistance against Saudi war.
Since the onset of Saudi war in 2015, over 16 thousand civilians have been killed. The country's infrastructure of schools, hospitals, airports and seaports have been targeted and many have been leveled to the ground. The United Nations has warned that the situation in Yemen is further deteriorating as the Arab country is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world.
Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned amid popular discontent and fled to Riyadh, and to eliminate the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which had been running state affairs.
Demonstrators have gathered here to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain. They say that his uprising spreads hope among people from all ages to end tyranny. They maintain that their nearly five year resistance against Saudi Arabia’s unjust war is inspired by the third Shia Imam.