Thousands of Yemeni citizens poured onto the streets of Sanaa to express their solidarity with Palestinians and denounce Western assaults on Yemen, amidst Israel’s conflict with Gaza. The demonstrators conveyed their accusations of the United States providing support to Israel’s war and pledged to continue their unwavering support for the people of Palestine. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed al-Attab, reporting from the protests, highlighted the demonstrators’ determination to persist in their support for Palestine until Israel ceases its aggression.
Denouncement of US Attacks and Designation of Houthis
The crowd also vocalized strong opposition to the US attacks on Yemen and criticized the US classification of the Houthis
as a “terrorist group.” The recent decision by the Biden administration to re-list Yemen’s Houthis as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” group due to the rebels’ attacks in the Red Sea on ships with alleged ties to Israel was met with disdain by the Yemeni demonstrators.
Houthis’ Response and Global Implications
In light of the attacks on ships in the Red Sea, which have disrupted maritime trade between Asia and Europe, the US has initiated targeted assaults on sites in Yemen in response. The Houthis have declared their intent to persist with their attacks on ships until Israel halts its hostility towards Gaza
. These developments have drawn attention to the global ramifications of the conflicts in the region.
Widespread Demonstrations and Solidarity
Apart from the significant demonstration in Yemen’s capital, protests were also reported in various other regions of the country. Hodeidah in western Yemen, Hajjah and Saada provinces in the northwest, southwestern Taiz province, and Al-Bayda province in central Yemen saw rallies expressing solidarity with Palestinians and condemnation of the Western attacks on Yemen. The widespread demonstrations underline the resonance of the cause among the Yemeni population.
The spirited display of solidarity with Palestinians and fervent opposition to Western attacks on Yemen by the Yemeni citizens underscores the depth of their conviction. The support for Palestinians and the denouncement of external interference in Yemeni affairs stand as a testament to the unwavering determination and resilience of the people against the challenges they face.
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