Angry anti-Saudi protest in Sanaa after funeral carnage
Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital Sanaa on Sunday to vent anger at Riyadh, head of a coalition accused of carrying out air strikes that killed at least 140 people at a funeral.
The protesters gathered outside UN offices in Sanaa and chanted “Death to Al-Saud,” the Saudi royal family.
The rally, dubbed the “Volcano of Rage”, came a day after bombs hit a funeral ceremony in the capital, in one of the deadliest air strikes since the Saudi-led coalition intervened against Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen in March 2015.
The attack also wounded more than 525 people, according to the United Nations.
“After this massacre, we are more determined to confront the assailants,” prominent rebel chief Mohammed Ali al-Huthi told the crowd. “Open the fronts with the Saudi enemy immediately.”
Demonstrators also chanted anti-US slogans throughout the protest that coined in Shiite Iran, which backs Yemen’s rebels but denies providing military support.