The streets of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, were filled with thousands of demonstrators uniting to express unwavering backing for Palestinians and to denounce Western assaults on Yemen, amid the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza.
A Stand Against Western Support for Israel
Al Jazeera’s correspondent, Mohammed al-Attab, highlighted the crowd’s unequivocal condemnation of the United States for its backing of Israel’s military campaign. The demonstrators vocalized their determination to steadfastly stand with the people of Palestine, disregarding any external provocation, and adamantly pledging enduring support until Israel terminates its onslaught on Palestine.
The protesters not only voiced their discontent with the US-led attacks on Yemen but also directed criticism towards the US decision to designate the Houthis as a “terrorist group.”
Condemnation of US Actions and Houthi Resilience
In a significant development, the Biden administration re-designated Yemen’s Houthis as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” group, citing the rebels’ alleged involvement in Red Sea ship attacks with purported links to Israel. The repercussions of this move included the US military strikes on Yemeni sites in response to the disruptions caused to maritime trade between Asia and Europe.
In defiance, the Houthis have asserted that their targeting of ships will persist until Israel halts its offensive in Gaza
. These developments have strongly resonated with the Yemeni populace, with support rallies reported in various provinces, underscoring the widespread sentiment of solidarity and defiance against external interference.
Rallying Across the Nation: A Unified Voice
The display of solidarity was not confined to the streets of Sanaa but echoed in other regions as well. Reports indicated that gatherings were held in Hodeidah, Hajjah, and Saada provinces in the northwestern region, in southwestern Taiz province, as well as in Al-Bayda province in central Yemen, as conveyed by the Houthi-run Al-Masirah channel.
The coordinated demonstrations across diverse regions underscored the resolute unity prevailing among Yemenis, as they collectively voiced their support for Palestinians and rejected foreign interventions while standing in defiance against the ongoing Israeli hostilities and the resulting ramifications on their own land.
The resounding display of solidarity by the Yemeni populace, amid the ongoing conflict, exemplifies their unwavering support for Palestinians and rejection of external interference. The unyielding determination to stand with Palestine
, coupled with the robust resilience against external pressures, reaffirms the deeply rooted sense of unity prevailing across Yemen.