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'With Gaza till victory': Yemeni protesters reaffirm support for Palestinians

A screen grab from a video showing Yemenis taking part in a million-man march in the capital Sana’a on February 9, 2024, to reaffirm their support for Palestinians in Gaza.

Yemenis have staged rallies in millions in different cities to reaffirm their support for Palestinians in Gaza and to slam US-British strikes on their country.

The protests in Sana'a, titled “We stand firm on our position; We are with Gaza till victory,” took place on Friday.

The demonstrators were carrying the Palestinian and Yemeni flags as well as banners denouncing Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.

They also chanted slogans against the United States over its complicity in the Israeli crimes in Gaza and over its “militarization” of the Red Sea.

The protesters also reiterated their support for Yemen’s retaliatory attacks against Israeli positions as well as the Israeli and US ships in the Red Sea which Yemen has pledged to continue until the attacks on Gaza stop.

Addressing protesters, Qassem Laboza, a member of the Supreme Political Council, said the US strikes on Yemen won’t dissuade the country from supporting the Palestinians in Gaza, warning the US and Britain that by attacking Yemen, their ships, military bases, and interests in the region have become “legitimate targets” for the Yemeni forces.

The provinces of Sa’ada, al-Bayda, Dhamar, Hudaydah, Hajjah, and Ta’izz also saw similar pro-Palestine protests on Friday.

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 27,947 Palestinians and injured more than 67,459 others.

Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.

In solidarity with the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Yemeni armed forces have targeted ships in the Red Sea with owners linked to Israel or those going to and from ports in the occupied territories.

In December, the US formed a multinational military coalition against Yemeni forces in the Red Sea, through which 12 percent of global trade passes.

The US and the UK have been carrying out numerous such attacks against Yemen to pressure the country into stopping a series of operations that it has been conducting in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has said the rising aggression by the "evil trio" of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel would not affect the determination of the Yemeni people to support Palestinians in the besieged strip.

Yemen has been conducting operations against the British and American warships that have been dispatched to the Red Sea to confront the Yemeni strikes.

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