SANAA (AFP) – Tens of thousands of Huthi rebel supporters demonstrated in Yemen’s capital yesterday to mark three years of war, hours after neighbouring Saudi Arabia said it had intercepted seven rebel missiles.
A Saudi-led military coalition entered Yemen in March 2015 with the goal of restoring its ‘legitimate’ government to power after the Huthis and their allies took over Sanaa.
Sanaa’s Sabaeen Square yesterday was a sea of Yemeni flags, with a smattering of posters bearing pictures of Huthi leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi or the slogan “three years of aggression”.
Around 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention, triggering what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Saudi forces announced Sunday night they had intercepted seven Yemeni rebel missiles, including over Riyadh.
One Egyptian was killed by falling shrapnel in the capital, authorities said.