Thousands March in Yemen in Solidarity with Palestinians, Condemn US-UK Strikes

Massive demonstrations erupt in Yemen, with hundreds of thousands protesting Israeli aggression in Gaza and supporting the Palestinian cause. The Yemeni Ansarola Resistance movement launches military operations targeting Israeli, US, and UK interests in the Red Sea.

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Nitish Verma
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Thousands March in Yemen in Solidarity with Palestinians, Condemn US-UK Strikes

Thousands March in Yemen in Solidarity with Palestinians, Condemn US-UK Strikes

Massive demonstrations erupted across Yemen on Friday as thousands took to the streets to express their unwavering support for the Palestinian people and denounce the ongoing Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. Protesters rallied under the slogan "Escalating, with Gaza until victory," demanding an immediate end to what they described as Israel's "genocidal war" against Palestinians.

Why this matters: The widespread support for the Palestinian cause in Yemen reflects the deep-seated regional sentiment against Israeli aggression, which could have far-reaching implications for Middle East politics. As tensions escalate, the potential for broader conflict and instability in the region increases.

The demonstrations, which saw hundreds of thousands marching in the capital Sana'a and other governorates, featured impassioned chants such as "God is greater, Death to the United States, Death to Israel." Protesters also called for a boycott of Zionist and American goods and companies, expressing their solidarity with the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

In response to the Israeli aggression and in support of the Palestinian cause, the Yemeni Ansarola Resistance movement has launched the fourth phase of military operations targeting Israeli interests in the Red Sea. Seyed Abdulmalik Badreddin al-Houthi, the movement's leader, declared that this phase involves targeting any vessel affiliated with the Zionist regime, regardless of its destination.

The Ansarola movement has also expanded its targets to include ships connected to the United States and the United Kingdom, citing their attacks on Yemen's sovereignty in support of Israel. This escalation comes amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran, with Washington accusing Iranian-backed Huthi rebels of threatening international shipping in the Red Sea.

The United States and the United Kingdom recently conducted air strikes against Huthi targets in Yemen, with the Huthis claiming five of their fighters were killed. US President Joe Biden stated, "We delivered it privately, and we're confident we're well-prepared," referring to a private message sent to Tehran regarding the Huthi rebels. The Huthis, who have pledged strong retaliation, deny interfering with international shipping but claim they are targeting Israeli-linked ships in support of Palestinians amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Russia's envoy to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, condemned the US and its allies' military response in the Red Sea, accusing them of escalating the Gaza conflict and encouraging the spread of Hamas support in the region. The US Treasury Department also announced new sanctions on two companies in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates as part of a crackdown on the financial network funding the Huthi rebels in Yemen.

The mass demonstrations in Yemen, with hundreds of thousands marching in Saada and other governorates, underscore the widespread support for the Palestinian cause and the condemnation of Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. As the Yemeni Ansarola Resistance movement expands its military operations against Israeli, American, and British interests in the Red Sea, the complex geopolitical dynamics in the region continue to evolve, with the ongoing Gaza conflict at the center of the escalating tensions.