Supporters of Yemen's Shi'ite rebels hold rally in protest against the UN, saying the world body is siding with the country's exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of supporters of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels took to the streets of the Yemeni capital on Sunday (July 5) to protest against the United Nations and its alleged support of Yemen's exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The protest took place just as the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sanaa amid intensified efforts to broker a humanitarian truce between the country's warring parties. The protesters carried pictures of Houthi leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi and chanted "people want the fall of Riyadh". Nearly 3,000 people have been killed since March when a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab leaders launched an air offensive against Houthi rebels that have taken control over much of the country. The conflict has plunged the already impoverished country into an all-out humanitarian crisis with millions of people are struggling to secure food, water, medicines and fuel. Cheikh Ahmed wants to arrange a pause in fighting until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on July 17, to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid, but Houthi supporters accuse the envoy of giving in too easily to Saudi demands of Houthi withdrawals. U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva last month failed to achieve a ceasefire.