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Houthis hold banners during a demonstration demanding that the Houthi Supreme Political Council declare a state of emergency, in Sanaa, Yemen on April 16, 2017.


Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Sanaa on Sunday, in a mass demonstration decrying the ongoing Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia began the campaign in March 2015 to support the ousted-President Abderabbuh Mansour Hadi and combat groups in opposition to his rule.

Earlier this year, the UN made an urgent appeal to stave off famine in the country, as over seven million people are facing the threat of starvation. Currently, over three million people, including 2.1 million children, are acutely malnourished.

SOT, Amer al-Salmi, protester (Arabic):

“We appeal to the political council and appeal to the government and the bishops to call for a state of emergency as soon as possible because we have been facing an unjust war of aggression for two years and we have now entered into the third year.”

SOT, Daifallah al-Shami, Member of Political Council of Ansar Allah [Houthis] (Arabic):

“The people of Yemen are fully prepared to confront aggression no matter what its size, whatever its potential. The Yemeni people depend on God Almighty and rely on God and depend on the self-development that develops day after day, one period after another.”

SOT, Ibrahim Hamiduddin, Protester (Arabic):

“Men at the front of the army and the popular committees are facing aggression on foreign fronts. We also have a duty to confront those who work with this aggression from within.”

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