Muslims in Nigeria demonstrate against Saudi war on Yemen
Dozens of Nigerian Muslims, mostly supporters of prominent cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, have demonstrated in Abuja to condemn Saudi Arabia for the war on Yemen and its continued blockade of the impoverished country.
They said the bombing of civilian targets by the Saudi-led coalition and its siege on Yemen has caused a serious humanitarian situation there.
The Saudi war has escalated recently as Riyadh has intensified its aerial and ground attacks, worsening the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The protesters said the ultimate goal of Saudi Arabia is to reinstate the former Yemeni president.
They added that the senseless shelling of innocent civilians in Yemen must stop, while the international community has a moral responsibility to put an end to the carnage.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the United States and European powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the UAE, bogged down in the country.