SANA’A – Thousands of people demonstrated on Monday in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a against the blockade of Yemen’s land, air and sea ports, imposed a week ago by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Yemeni protesters chanted slogans and raised banners with slogans in English and Arabic such as “The blockade of Yemen is the worst form of terrorism,” “Lift your blockade and your violation” and “No to blockade and aggression.”
Saleh al-Sammad, head of the Supreme Political Council, the main executive body of the Houthi rebel group that controls Sana’a, also gave a speech during the protest.
The United Nations warned on Thursday that the blockade was making the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which was already “catastrophic,” even worse, and said that it could put tens of thousands of children at risk by further restricting aid.
The Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting against the Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015, announced on Nov. 6 the temporary blockade of all Yemeni air, sea and dry ports, without indicating for how long the measure would be maintained.
This measure came after the Houthi rebels launched a ballistic missile into Saudi territory that was intercepted by the Saudi Armed Forces near Riyadh.
Yemen has been the scene of a conflict between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to internationally-recognized Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who has been backed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015.