Supporters of Yemen rebels mark Ashura with anti-Saudi slogans

Sunday 09/10/2016
Abdelmalek: Revenge is everyone\'s responsibility

SANAA - Thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shiite rebels marked Ashura on Wednesday in the insurgent-held capital with slogans against Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition fighting them, witnesses said.

Gathering in a main square in Sanaa to mourn the seventh-century killing on the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, supporters of the Huthi rebels also railed against the United States, a Saudi ally.

"Death to the Saud family," they chanted, referring to the ruling family in the Sunni-majority kingdom. "We will not give in to the Americans."

Participants held up the portraits of Huthi chief Abdelmalek al-Huthi and the leader of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah.

In a televised speech, Huthi called for "revenge" over an air strike on Saturday that killed at least 140 people at a funeral in Sanaa and that the rebels have blamed on the Saudi-led coalition.

"The carnage hit... well-known people from all sides, which has embarrassed the Americans," Huthi said, adding revenge was "everyone's responsibility".

The raid was one of the deadliest attacks since the coalition launched a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen in March 2015.

The alliance intervened in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government after the Huthis overran much of the country including the capital.

"Our people are facing Saudi tyranny supervised by the American administration," the Huthi leader said in the speech broadcast by the Al-Masirah television channel.

The coalition has been under intense international scrutiny over the alleged civilian death toll in its Yemen operations.

More than 6,800 people -- almost two-thirds of them civilians -- have been killed since the Saudi-led intervention began, the United Nations says.

On Tuesday, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah called for widespread protests in solidarity with Yemen after Saturday's deadly strike.