As 100,000 Rally in Yemen, Houthis Defy Trump, Saudis

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According to Yemen’s Legal Center of Rights and Development, the conflict has thus far killed over 12,040 Yemenis and left more than 20,000 others wounded.

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Badreddin Houthi, said in a speech marking the two-year anniversary of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country that the aggression they have faced so far has been a failure.

He stressed that while Saudi Arabia has been relentlessly attacking the country, the kingdom has not reached any of its goals. The root of the aggression, he said, is Saudi Arabia serving Israeli interests, as well as U.S. hegemony in the region.

“Yemeni people reject U.S. hegemony as they show hostility to the Zionist entity and voice support to the Palestinian cause,” Sayyed Houthi said in the televised speech Saturday.

The Ansarullah movement leader also said that the kingdom’s almost-daily airstrikes against civilians in Yemen are nothing short of war crimes, seeing as Saudi Arabia is using the most lethal armaments.

Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of the capital Sanaa Sunday during events to mark the two-year anniversary of the war and to protest the brutality of the bombing campaign.

The conflict began in March 2015 in efforts to reinstall toppled President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and to suppress the Shia armed militias that oppose the Saudi-backed former leader.

Yemen’s Legal Center of Rights and Development announced the same day, Saturday, that the conflict has thus far killed over 12,040 Yemenis and left more than 20,000 others wounded.

The center added that the onslaught has also destroyed 757 schools and institutes, 111 university facilities, 271 factories and 1,520 bridges and roads.

The Saudi-led coalition justifies its attacks on Yemen by claiming Houthi rebels are “supporting terrorism,” allegedly sponsored by Iran.

Houthi rebels, however, claim the Saudis are attacking because of the Shiite movement’s growing political influence in the region. Saudi Arabia, a country governed by radical Wahhabi Sunnis, has been at odds with Shiites and Iran for decades.

“There is a disaster in Yemen and Saudi Arabia will not stop destroying our country,” Ahmed Al Moaiad, a London-based Yemeni activist recently told teleSUR.

“That’s why the Yemeni people have to resist this invasion.”

Via TeleSur

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  1. “The conflict began in March 2015 in efforts to reinstall toppled President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi …”

    When originally elected to a 2 year term in 2012, Hadi was the sole candidate in a UN-imposed process in which no opposition was allowed.

    Hadi extended his own term an additional year in 2014, and this was due to expire in February of 2015. This never happened, however, because Hadi resigned in January 2015, and the Saudis launched the war to reinstall him in March of 2015.

    There is no way Hadi is the legitimate president of Yemen.

    • The opposition agreed to the referendum. 80% of the electorate voted for him. There was a constitutional process. Neither are Houthis legitimate.

      • Houthis are legit, before there was Arab spring there was Houthi uprising and they have many more dead at hands of Saleh and Yemenis security services (now their allies) then the 2 year Saudi bombing. But the wanton destruction of infrastructure and total blocked of a poor, food dependent populous, Sunni and Houthi are perishing together far into future generations. The ability to ally with Saleh (can you please verify his sect) and other Sunni tribes ensures the longevity of their movement and all people should be disgusted with this futile punishment meted out. Not buying a Saudi..orchestrated piece of paper you use to delegitimize them.

      • According to the Yemeni constitution, a president that calls for foreign powers to intervene militarily in the state is committing grand treason. Saleh has called for Saudi Arabia’s aggression against the state, and consequently by the Yemeni constitution forfeits the authority conferred to him by the constitution. Any legitimacy (I fail to see how he ever had it), is by now long, long gone. That said, the more important aspect is ensuring that the United States and Saudi Arabia abide by international law and not attack other countries.

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