A mass rally in Aden, capital of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen on Thursday (March 14) protested at what was called "Iranian aggression against Iraq and the people of Oman".
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Background: A mass rally in Aden, capital of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen on Thursday (March 14) protested at what was called "Iranian aggression against Iraq and the people of Oman".
The crowds also carried slogans welcoming a visiting delegation from Iraq's ruling Arab Baath Socialist Party.
The marchers affirmed their solidarity with the people of Iraq and Oman.
There have been sporadic border clashes between Iran and iraq for several years and in February this year hostilities flared and left an estimated 150 killed or wounded on both sides.
The Iranian Government protested and claimed that Iraqis had killed 41 Iranian frontier guards and wounded 81 others. At the time the Iraqi Government said Iranian jets had crossed deep into Iraqi airspace. The People's Front for the Liberation of Oman and the Arabian Gulf has also claimed that Iranian troops have been fighting against them in the southern Oman region of Dhafar alongside the forces of the Omani ruler Sultan Qaboos. This has been denied by the Iranian Government.
Mr. Abdul Fattah Al-Yasain, a member of the visiting Iraqi delegation, told the rally the main target of the "Iranian aggression" was to prevent Iraq from supporting the Palestinian struggle.
Mr. Salem Robaya, chairman of the Presidential Council of Democratic Yemen's ruling National Liberation Front, addressed the crowds and "affirmed support with the revolution in the Gulf and the struggle of the people of Iraq."