Hundreds Protest in Yemen in Solidarity with Palestinians Amid Deadly Israeli Attacks

Hundreds of Yemeni university students protested in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, condemning Israeli occupation and attacks. The death toll in Gaza has surged to 35,034, with 78,755 injured, amid intense clashes and airstrikes.

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Hundreds Protest in Yemen in Solidarity with Palestinians Amid Deadly Israeli Attacks

Hundreds Protest in Yemen in Solidarity with Palestinians Amid Deadly Israeli Attacks

Hundreds of university students in Al-Jawf, northern Yemen, demonstrated in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, protesting Israeli occupation and attacks that have killed nearly 34,950 and injured 78,600 since October. The students carried Palestinian flags, chanted anti-Israeli slogans, and expressed support for the people of Gaza.

Why this matters: The growing international solidarity with the Palestinian people highlights the need for a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has far-reaching implications for regional and global stability. The escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Gaza also underscore the importance of holding accountable those responsible for human rights violations and war crimes.

The Palestinian death toll from Israel's ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip has surged to 35,034 people, with at least 78,755 others injured, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza. Israeli jets pounded the Jabalia refugee camp, causing mass displacement of Palestinians from the north to the west of Gaza City. More than 100 Israeli airstrikes hit roads and residential areas in the camp and its surroundings. Intense overnight clashes took place between Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces east of the camp.

Hamas accused Israel of persisting with its "genocidal war" by expanding attacks against Gaza, using "bombardment, massacre, displacement, and infrastructure destruction" across all areas of the enclave. The conflict has left vast swathes of Gaza in ruins, with a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine. Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with an interim ruling in January stating it is "plausible" that Tel Aviv is committing genocide in Gaza.

France condemned Israel's ground attack on Rafah, stressing that it would be a "dire situation" for the Gaza population that has been "displaced repeatedly." The US administration reportedly offered defense support packages to Israel, including sensitive intelligence and military assistance related to Hamas leaders, to prevent a major attack on Rafah. South Africa recently asked the ICJ to order Israel to withdraw from Rafah as part of additional emergency measures over the war.

In other developments, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for lacking a government strategy on who will govern Gaza after Tel Aviv ends its onslaught. Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid pledged to work toward the fall of Netanyahu's government and the return of Israeli hostages. A Hezbollah drone exploded in the Upper Galilee region in northern Israel, according to the Israeli Army Radio.

The demonstration in Al-Jawf, Yemen is a testament to the growing international solidarity with the Palestinian people. As the death toll mounts and the humanitarian crisis deepens in Gaza, the international community continues to condemn Israel's actions. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares urged Israel to stop its military operation in Rafah, stating that "the evacuation of thousands of Palestinians is unacceptable" and that "the military operation in Rafah must stop and an even more serious humanitarian crisis should be avoided." military operation