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Millions of Yemenis rally

Millions Rally in Sanaa: ’Yemenis Extend Hands towards Peace, Not Surrender’

(al-Manar, 20 August 2016) ~ Millions of Yemenis took to Sanaa streets on Saturday in a historical rally to voice support to the Supreme Political Council, which was recently formed to run the country in the face of US-led aggression against the Arab impoverished country.

Millions chanted for Yemen, waving the national flags as they flocked the main square of al-Sabi’in in a bid to back the political body which was formed after the UN-brokered peace talks broke down earlier last month.

The Head of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, saluted the crowds stressing that their number was equal to population of four Gulf states which have been taking part in the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen since March 2015.

“It is a shame to conspire against our people who represent the cradle of civilization in this region,” Sammad addressed the Saudi-led coalition states as saying.

“These states must understand the new equation which is based on people,” he stressed noting that the council was formed in a bid to meet  the demands of the Yemeni people.

Meanwhile, Sammad, who is also the head of Ansarullauh revolutionary group’s politburo, said that the Supreme Political Council will form a new government in the coming days, calling on the Parliament to resume its sessions and return to its normal political life.

On the other hand, Sammad called on the members of the national delegation which took part in Muscat peace talks to return home and not to meet UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed because of his “biased stance”.

“Yemen extend hand of peace… not hand of surrender,” Sammad stressed as he praised the Yemeni army and the popular committees for defending their countries against the Saudi-led aggression.

Yemen has been since March 26, 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.

Riyadh launched the campaign against Ansarullah revolutionaries (known as Houthis) in a bid to restore power to fugitive ex-president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.

Thousands have been martyred and injured in the aggression, with the vast majority of them are civilians.


Millions of Yemenis rally to support Supreme Political Council

(Press TV, 20 August 2016) ~ Millions of people have rallied in Yemen to voice their strong support for a political body recently formed to run the country in the face of a Saudi military campaign to reinstate a former president.

People took to the streets in the capital in their millions before converging on a main square to support the Supreme Political Council, formed after peace talks with the Saudi side broke down recently.

They waved national Yemeni flags and chanted slogans like “We will sacrifice our souls and blood for the sake of Yemen,” as patriotic songs played.

They also carried placards with messages reading, “Reforms are the most efficient popular force in the face of enemies” in Arabic in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Hadi resigned as president in January 2015 and then fled to Saudi Arabia which launched a ferocious military campaign against Yemen two months later to restore him to power.

Yemenis walk through the rubble of a house destroyed by the Saudi Arabian military in the capital, Sana’a, August 11, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The formation of the Supreme Political Council prompted Yemen’s parliament to hold its first session earlier this month since the outbreak of the conflict. The lawmakers endorsed the new council and formally stripped Hadi of any responsibility.

The decision to establish the council was made by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party back in late July. It was formally launched on August 6, when the Houthis and Saleh’s faction announced that they both had an equal share in the 10-member body.

Saudi raids on Yemen continue

The decision has prompted Saudi Arabia to step up its airstrikes on Yemen, especially the capital Sana’a.

On Saturday, Saudi warplanes launched separate aerial attacks on the Baqim, Saqayn and As Safra districts in the northern Sa’ada province, leaving several people injured.

An unspecified number of civilians also lost their lives and sustained injuries when Saudi military aircraft conducted five airstrikes against an area in the Usaylan district of the Shabwah province.

In the northern Sana’a Province, Saudi jets attacked the Arhab district, leaving at least three people dead.

A Yemeni man stands near the grave of a relative killed in the Saudi war on Yemen, at a cemetery in Sana’a, July 6, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Elsewhere, in the Lawdar district of the southern Abyan province, pro-Hadi militiamen opened fire on a car at a security checkpoint, killing a civilian and injuring three others.

Two Yemeni civilians were also killed and three others injured in Saudi strikes against the Harf Sufyan district of the northwestern Amran province.

Yemen has seen almost daily military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015, with internal sources putting the toll from the bloody aggression at about 10,000.

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