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Yemenis and Jordanians reaffirm support for Palestinians in Gaza 

Yemenis take part in a protest in the capital Sana'a on May 17, 2024, to reaffirm their support for Palestinians who are subjected to Israel’s US-backed genocidal war. (Photo by Saba News Agency)

Yemenis and Jordanians have once again taken to the streets of their countries to reaffirm their support for Palestinians who are subjected to Israel’s US-backed genocidal war. 

On Friday, people gathered in al-Sabeen Square, the largest square of the capital Sana’a, as part of the weekly protests held in solidarity with the Gazans.

Similar protests were also held in dozens of squares in the provinces of Sa’ada and Hudaydah.

Carrying the Yemeni and Palestinian flags, the protesters condemned the Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

They also called for the boycott of American and Israeli goods.

Chanting slogans such as “Escalation by Escalation… The Yemeni is so powerful,” the demonstrators reiterated their support for the Yemeni retaliatory operations.

They also slammed some Arab regimes for failing to adopt a serious stance on Israeli crimes and also for suppressing pro-Palestine protests.

Almost every week, Yemenis stage protests in several cities across the country to condemn the Israeli crimes in Gaza and reiterate their support for their country’s anti-Israel operations.

Since October last year, the Yemeni armed forces have been launching attacks on targets in the occupied territories, and targeting ships in the Red Sea with owners linked to Israel or those going to and from ports in the occupied territories in solidarity with the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Jordanians hold pro-Gaza rally  

Also on Friday, people continued to rally in Jordan’s capital, Amman, in support of the Palestinians in Gaza. The protest took place amid police presence.  

The demonstrators were carrying banners saying, “Support the resistance, Stop the aggression.” 

They also urged the International Court of Justice to stop the Israeli war on Gaza. 

“We call on the International Court of Justice to take a sound decision against the Israeli enemy; to take a decision to stop this aggression,” Tasneem al-Basyouni, one of the protesters, said.  

Thousands took to the streets of Amman, Jordan, to voice solidarity with Palestinians amid the Israeli war on Gaza, on May 17, 2024. (Photo by Roya News) 

The UN’s top court is considering a genocide case brought by South Africa against Israel in January over the war in Gaza. 

The court ordered the Israeli regime to take all measures within its power to prevent genocide in Gaza, but stopped short of ordering a ceasefire. 

On Thursday, the ICJ began two days of hearings, when South Africa asked the court to urgently order Israel to end its invasion of the southern city of Rafah, where nearly more than half of Gaza's population of 2.4 have sought shelter from Israeli strikes elsewhere in Gaza. 
Israel intended to "wipe [the Palestinians] off the face of the Earth", South Africa told the court, calling Rafah "the final stand".

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.

The regime has also blocked water, food, and electricity to Gaza, plunging the coastal strip into a humanitarian crisis.

Since the start of the offensive, the Israeli military has killed at least 35,303 Palestinians and injured tens of thousands more, with most of the victims being women and children. 

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