Houthis and supporters of ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh gather to protest the Saudi-led operations during a rally on the second anniversary of the Operation Decisive Storm at al-Sabin Square in Sanaa, Yemen on March 26, 2017.Embed from Getty Images
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These two images are from a picture taken of a man who pulled his mother from the rubble of a building. She was killed during an airstrike on the funeral reception she had been attending.
Thousands of people, perhaps around 100,000 attended a rally in Sana’a on the 2nd anniversary of the conflict. Those in attendance denounced Saudi Arabia and the US, the ones they blame for the war.
“This is a message to the world to tell everyone that despite two years of war, the Yemeni people are still victorious, still alive and still love peace,” said Essam al-Abed, a GPC leader.
From Al Manar:
In an unprecedented rally, thousands of people chanted slogans condemning the Saudi-led coalition aggression and blockade on ports.
Addressing crowds during Sunday rally, the Head of Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, urged the lift of blockade, stressing that the aggression has nothing to do in Yemen but to commit crimes against Yemeni civilians.
From Kuwait Times:
The day before the Iran-backed Houthi rebel rally, a court sentenced ousted President Hadi (who was not present) to death for treason. The next day crowds gathered in Sabeen Square for a rally in protest of the Saudi-led intervention.
“We came back today to Sabeen Square to send a message to Arabs and Muslims: does your religion allow you to attack a people in its totality without any reason?” Abdullah Qadiry told AFP at Sabeen Square.
Sabeen Square, or Al Sabin Square, was built to commemorate the 70 Days Siege that took place from November 1967 – February 1968 between the Royal Forces and Republican Armed Forces and resulted in successfully overthrowing the monarchy, establishing Yemen’s republican government in 1970. Like the conflict of today, Saudi Arabia and the UK both supported the ousted side (the monarchy then and President Hadi today). The square if often used today for large gatherings and parades.