Yemeni Residents Celebrate Eid

People in Yemen celebrated on Tuesday the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr - marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan - under turbulent political climate marked by street protests, fear and uncertainty about the future.

Hamoud al-Asiri said "Honestly, the situation is worse, prices are very high, the country's problems and so on. Life is difficult on all sides."

Yemenis have long celebrated Eid in difficult conditions, but this year proved to be exceptional, as economic hardships, insecurity and fear afflict the majority of households.

Waleed al-Ammari a resident said "If one looks at the situation in Yemen one will see that the regime was leading the country to the brink of the abyss. What is happening now is normal; this is the price Yemenis have to pay for the revolution and a better future."

The political deadlock has created fears about the possible escalation of the crisis into a full blown armed confrontation.

"This year there will not be much happiness and joy for Eid because of the political unrest in the country and because there are victims among both the opposition and the loyalists." said Ahmad Abdo a local.

"Last Eid was happy because the president was here, this year; they [opposition] spoiled the holiday." said Ibrahim Hasan a supporter of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Despite the difficult conditions, Yemenis in the capital Sanaa are hopeful and say they see light at the end of the tunnel.

Adapted by: Mustapha Ajbaili




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