News ID: 8775
Publish Date: 14 July 2012 - 08:56
Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets to call for the resignation of the government and to protest against US and Israeli interference in Yemen’s internal affairs.
In massive demonstrations in the capital Sana’a and the northern city of Sa’ada on Friday, protesters chanted slogans against the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia and demanded that Washington halt the drone attacks in southern Yemen. 

The protesters also carried placards calling for the expulsion of US Ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein. 

The US military has used assassination drones in Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen. 

Washington claims that the drones target terrorists in the operations, but civilians have often been killed in the strikes. 

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen's major cities since January 2011, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding that relatives of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh be sacked from their government posts. 

Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011. 

Yemen is the Arab world’s poorest country. Forty percent of the people of Yemen are living on two US dollars a day or less and one third are wrestling with chronic hunger. 

Some 31.5 percent of the population is "food insecure” and around 12 percent are "severely food insecure,” according to the United Nations. 

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Tags: Yemen ، Sana'a ، Protest
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