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Yemen: Thousands demonstrate against Israel normalisation

(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Yemen, Khaled Hussein Alyemany and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the opening of the plenary session at the" Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East" co hosted by US and Poland in the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on 14 February 2019. [Omar Marques - Anadolu Agency]
(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Yemen, Khaled Hussein Alyemany and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the opening of the plenary session at the" Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East" co hosted by US and Poland in the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on 14 February 2019. [Omar Marques - Anadolu Agency]

Thousands of Yemenis yesterday participated in rallies across the country, including the capital Sana’a, to reject normalisation with Israel and attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

The participants rejected what they called “suspicious meetings” and steps towards normalisation by Foreign Minister Khalid Yamani at the Warsaw Conference which took place in the Polish capital last week. They also stressed that the steps do not represent the Yemeni peoples’ view, who are known longstanding support of the Palestinian people.

The head of the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, said the alliance with Israel is despicable, describing the Warsaw Conference as “an American-Israeli” meeting and not an Arab or Islamic meeting.

“We are honoured to be allies of the Islamic Resistance,” Al-Houthi told protesters in Sana’a. Sana’a’s Information Minister, Daifallah Al-Shami, also addressed the protesters, saying “the Yemenis have to choose between [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s legitimacy and traitors”, stressing that Yemenis will not give up Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city of Jerusalem.

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