Thousands of people flooded Taiz’s streets in southwestern Yemen on Sunday to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the revolution which ended over 30 years of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule.
The uprising initially started alongside the Arab Spring in early 2011 and by February 2012, Saleh had been removed from office.
Many could be seen waving Yemeni flags and holding banners as the lined the city’s main avenues.
One of those celebrating, Abdul Khaliq Saif, claimed that people wanted to convey a “message of the city’s adherence to legitimacy and to complete the liberation of Taiz.”
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Saturday declared that 11 February would be the country’s National Day.
Yemen is now in its third year of civil war with most of its territory torn between the loyalists of President Hadi and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.
Human rights organisations have repeatedly accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing civilian areas with United Nations data published in 2017 claiming Yemen’s civilian death toll exceeds 5,000.
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