September 21, 2014 was the day that began the Houthi takeover in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a.

From the Jordan Times:

The Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh captured Sanaa on September 21, 2014, plunging Yemen into chaos and prompting a Saudi-led coalition to intervene against them the next year.

On Thursday, coalition jets could be heard in the skies of Sanaa, as the crowds — Houthi and Saleh backers — massed in the capital’s Sabaeen Square, an AFP photographer said.

On the ground, security forces were on high alert, searching vehicles rigorously as they entered the capital and approached the square.

A massive stage hosted a string of speeches, punctuated by an all-men’s choir, dressed in traditional Yemeni clothes, belting out military anthems. 

“From this blessed square we will liberate all of Yemen,” the head of the rebel government, Abdel Aziz bin Habtoor, told the crowds.

“We will not compromise on the liberation of our lands,” he said. He accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a key coalition member, of “direct occupation” of Yemen’s southern and some of its eastern regions. 

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Yemeni soldiers loyal to the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels stop cars at a security checkpoint, as the rebels tighten security measures in Sanaa on September 19, 2017 ahead of a demonstration commemorating the third anniversary of their capture of the capital. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Yemeni man walks in Sanaa carrying a flag bearing the logo of the third anniversary of the Huthis’ capture of the Yemeni capital on September 20, 2017. Three years after Iran-backed rebels swept into Sanaa, a semblance of normality has returned to the Yemeni capital. But across the war-wracked country a humanitarian disaster is unfolding. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Armed Yemeni men sit on the pavement in front of signs in Sanaa commemorating the third anniversary of the Huthis’ capture of the Yemeni capital on the eve of the celebrations on September 20, 2017. Three years after Iran-backed rebels swept into Sanaa, a semblance of normality has returned to the Yemeni capital. But across the war-wracked country a humanitarian disaster is unfolding. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebel movement gather in the capital Sanaa on September 21, 2017 to mark the third anniversary of the rebel takeover. Huthi rebels captured Sanaa on September 21, 2014, seizing the government headquarters and military sites with the aid of forces loyal to ex-president Saleh — a former foe / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)