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Nearly 500 Dead in Gaza, Yemenis Continue Protest Nationwide
  Written By: Moneer Al-Omari (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
January 05, 2009



With war on Gaza entering its ninth day, the death toll rose to nearly 500 citizens. Over 2,400 others were injured, many of them women and children; however, this still did not turn the international community's eyes and ears to Gaza.

President Saleh ordered the government to send relief aids and medicines to the people of Gaza and directed respective authorities to immediately airlift the aid to Al-Areesh Airport in Egypt from which it can be transferred to Gaza.

By the time the war erupted, Saleh called for holding an exceptional summit for the Arab leaders and asked the international community to work for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

For his part, Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar directed respective authorities to open an account for raising funds for fellow brothers in Gaza in the Central Bank of Yemen and other banks and their branches nationwide (the account number is 3).

An official source in Mujawar's office noted that this act comes in line with Saleh's directives which dictate launching popular financial campaigns to help alleviate the sufferings of Gazens and called on citizens and businessmen to donate for afflicted people of Gaza. 

The source also revealed that officials in governorates had been tasked with raising the aids in preparation for shipping them to Gaza, calling on citizens to donate because it is the duty of Muslims to help their fellow brothers in Gaza who have been suffering for the last seven months from the constant siege.

According to an informed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yemen has made telephone calls with Hamas leaders dealing with the recent developments in Gaza Strip under the Israeli assault and massacres against civilians.

The source stressed the importance of achieving unity among the different Palestinian factions to face the arrogance and assaults of Israeli forces, hinting that Palestinian people's strength lies in the unity of the internal fronts and the readiness of all factions to make concessions that help serve the national Palestinian issue.

Over the last few days, Yemeni provinces and districts have seen several demonstrations in protests against the constant Israeli raids on Gaza Strip and demonstrators called for holding an exceptional summit to discuss the possible means to stop the attack on Gaza. 

The protestors also called on all Palestinian factions to unite and go beyond their differences to fight back the Israeli forces that shed the Palestinian blood and destroy their property. 

Protesting the horrible massacres of Gazens, Yemeni painters inaugurated last Saturday an exhibition in Bab Al-Yemen's yard, Sana'a, through which male and female painters sought to show solidarity with Palestinian people in Gaza and their condemnation of the Israeli assaults against the unarmed citizens of Gaza.