Yemen's Ansarullah defenders stage show of force in Sana’a
Yemeni Ansarullah defenders have staged a show of force in Sana’a by holding a mass memorial ceremony for comrades killed during this month's bitter clashes with supporters of slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh for the control of the capital.
According to Press TV, thousands of Ansarullah supporters thronged Sabaeen Square in Sana’a on Thursday as fighters clad in fatigues stood guard over rows of coffins wrapped in the national flag.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network also reported that the Interior Ministry had launched a campaign to seize the assets of high-profile figures in Saleh's General People's Congress party.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said that more than 230 people, including civilians, had been killed during the clashes in Sana’a.
Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Ansarullah movement and reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.
More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.
The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.