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Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Yemen's capital on August 20 in a show of support for a council set up by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels to rule the war-torn country.

Demonstrators waved the national flag and chanted slogans in support of the 10-member council unveiled last month by the rebels and allies loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The march in rebel-held Sanaa also condemned the bombing campaign by the Saudi-led coalition, which has been targeting rebels in Yemen since March 2015 and supporting the internationally recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Saleh al-Samad, head of the rebel ruling council, told the rally that it would decide on a new government in the next few days.

Air strikes have intensified since the suspension of peace talks between the Hadi government and the rebels in Kuwait earlier this month.

According to the UN, more than 6,400 people have been killed since the air strikes began.

Source: 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

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