Originally published at: Here come the ladies: Yemeni women hold protest marches against Saudi aggression
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:55) - Women of the Bani Matar district of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a have held mass rallied in protest of the Saudi regime’s 1000 days of warfare against the impoverished Arab nation.
The rally saw women protesting what they called the shameful silence of the international community, and mainly the United Nations, about the fate of Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition’s war crimes against civilians in Yemen.
The protesters furthermore called upon their own Bani Matar tribe to step up support for the Ansarullah (Houthi) war effort by committing more soldiers and funding to the frontlines.
Saudi Arabia launched an invasion of Yemen in March 2015, in an attempt to bring ousted pro-Saudi leader Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to power. In the merciless conflict that followed, over 12,000 civilians perished due to Saudi bombing raids or because of famine and epidemic diseases caused by the Saudi-imposed blockade of the country.
Many Yemeni women have been very active in the country’s political scene over the past years, including the 2011 revolution again then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the September Revolution in 2014 that saw his successor Hadi removed from power. Saudi coalition forces are accused by some of deliberately targeting gatherings of Yemeni women as a response.