Female protesters take to the streets of Sanaa to denounce Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, as pro-Hadi troops advance on the capital. Natasha Howitt reports.
Outside the U.N.'s building in Yemen's capital, women have gathered to protest against Saudi-led coalition airstrikes. They are supporters of the Iran-backed Houthi militia, which Saudi Arabia and its coalition of mainly Sunni Gulf nations have been battling for six months. The women are calling the airstrikes "crimes against humanity", and condemning the United Nations for its failure to protect civilians. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UM ASHRAF, PROTESTER, SAYING: "We came out to condemn the United Nations and the Human Rights for the children and women (that have been killed in the war) where are their rights? Its' just water on paper, not ink. They have no justification for the attacks that target nothing but women and children." The Saudi-led coalition is trying to oust Houthi fighters from territories it has seized since last year, and want to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Troops loyal to Hadi are currently battling their way towards the capital, where the protest is being held. Soldiers on the ground say they seized a key road over the weekend. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PRO-HADI SOLDIER, NABIL SHALFOUT, SAYING: "Thank God we secured the road to Sarwah, Marib, and vehicles and people are moving along (the road) without coming under fire. All is going well." After six months of civil war and hundreds of coalition airstrikes, the U.N. says more than 5,400 people have been killed in Yemen.