Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the country’s capital “Sana’a” on Saturday to support the so-called Supreme Political Council formed by the Houthi rebels and protest against a Saudi-led coalition’s interference, Voice of America reported.
The march is particularly in support of Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh who was forced to step down in 2012 amid Arab Spring protests after more than three decades in power.
The Houthis captured Sana’a in 2014, and The Saudi-led force has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen since March 2015 to try to oust the rebels and defend the internationally recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
Saudi Arabia-led coalition
Later in the day, coalition airstrikes hit the presidential palace in Sana’a and other areas in the city, leaving an unknown number of casualties, security officials said.
Peace talks collapsed earlier this month, and the Saudi-led forces resumed heavy airstrikes shortly thereafter.
On Tuesday, a coalition airstrike hit a hospital operated by medical aid group” Medecins Sans Frontieres” in Yemen, killing 19 people and prompting the group to evacuate staff from six hospitals, citing a “loss of confidence in the Saudi-led coalition to prevent fatal attacks”.
According to an annual U.N. report on children and armed conflict, the “Saudi-led coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year”. Saudi Arabia has said the report is based on inaccurate information.