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Yemen: Thousands rally after rape of Yemeni girl by Saudi-coalition soldier

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Thousands of women and children gathered in Sanaa on Monday, to show their anger against the Saudi-Arabian-led coalition, following the raping of a Yemeni girl by a soldier of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

Organised by the local women’s authority, the protest took place in Bab-al-Yemen in the country’s capital.

Several non-governmental organisations in Yemen confirmed on Sunday, the raping a Yemeni girl by a coalition’s mercenary soldier in the Yemeni Red Sea district of Khokah.

The Saudi-led war in Yemen started in 2015 as an attempt to crush Houthi rebels in the region and reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The conflict has created a dire humanitarian situation in the country.

The Saudi-led bombing campaign, now in its third year, continues in Yemen with US backing, with casualty figures exceeding 16,200 people since the beginning of the war in March 2015. A reported 40,000 have been injured and more than three million people have been displaced.

According to a UNICEF report released earlier this year, over 5,000 children have been killed or injured in the conflict.

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