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Thousands rally in Yemen against UAE-Israel normalization deal

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)
The photo shows Yemeni people rallying to protest a deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, in the southwestern city of Ta’izz, Yemen, on August 21, 2020.

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets in the southwestern city of Ta’izz to protest against a recent agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to normalize relations.

According to a report by al-Mayadeen news network on Friday, demonstrators chanted slogans in support of the Palestinian people and said any normalization of ties with the Israeli regime was “a great betrayal.”

The Yemeni protesters said the Palestinian cause was the main issue of the entire Muslim Ummah, not just the Arab world.

They chanted such slogans as “I am a Palestinian, too!” and “I sacrifice my blood and soul for Palestine and al-Aqsa Mosque!”

On August 13, the UAE and the Israeli regime reached the deal for a full normalization of their relations. The deal was apparently brokered by US President Donald Trump.

The intended normalization has angered Muslim nations.

Palestinian leaders have described the Emirates’ deal with Israel as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause and a “stab in the back” of the Palestinian people.

On Thursday, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, condemned the UAE’s agreement with Israel.

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