Thousands of Houthi supporters rally in the Yemen capital to protest air strikes as their leaders agree to join U.N. talks. Paul Chapman reports.
Thousands of Houthis and their supporters rally in the streets of Yemen's capital to demand an end to Saudi-led airstrikes. Friday's rally came just a day after their leaders agreed to attend U.N-sponsored talks aimed at ending the country's civil conflict. One of those leaders, Radwan al Haimi who was at the rally in Sanaa, says the talks must be unconditional. (SOUNDBITE)(English) HOUTHI LEADER RADWAN AL HAIMI SAYING: "We, as the revolutionary committee and political entities and factions, have agreed to the talks in Geneva given its basis and agreements of peace and partnership. (The talks) must start where they finished off in Sanaa and without conditions." The air strikes against Houthi forces are intended to help restore Yemen's president who's fled to Saudi Arabia. The protesters say the bombing must stop. Saudi Arabia and allied Sunni Muslim states fear the Houthis will spread the influence of Shi-ite arch-rival Iran in the Arabian Peninsula.