BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Thousands took the streets of Sanaa on Friday, to protest against the Saudi-Arabian-led coalition’s bombing of the country and to condemn the raping of a Yemeni girl by one of its soldiers.
The angry crowd chanted and carried banners that called for “the liberation of the land.”
“We will not retreat. We will not. We will stand [steadfast] until we expel you from our country,” said one protester.
Several non-governmental organisations in Yemen confirmed on Sunday, the raping a Yemeni girl by a Saudi-led coalition mercenary soldier from Sudan in the Yemeni Red Sea district of Khokah.
The Saudi-led war in Yemen started in 2015 as an attempt to crush Houthi rebels in the region and reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The conflict has created a dire humanitarian situation in the country.
The Saudi-led bombing campaign, now in its third year, continues in Yemen with US backing, with casualty figures exceeding 16,200 people since the beginning of the war in March 2015. A reported 40,000 have been injured and more than three million people have been displaced.
According to a UNICEF report released earlier this year, over 5,000 children have been killed or injured in the conflict.