It appears that the history of the middle east is being wiped off the planet in the last 12 months in a methodological manner.
This time its the turn of Yemen and the site of Islamic and pre-Islamic culture in the Old City of Sanaa. Saudi led forces have managed to bomb the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Old City of Sanaa, in Yemen’s capital. Its been defined as “one of the world’s oldest jewels” of Islamic culture and a testimony to the achievements of Islamic civilization. UNESCO head Irina Bokova is ‘profoundly distressed’ by the first direct air strike on old Sanna on Friday.
The intense Saudi shelling is aimed at dislodging Houthi rebels in order to restore exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Many historical sites have been damaged in the recent fighting.
The bombing raid on Friday morning by Saudi-led forces also killed five people.
The BBC reports:
Residents said it was the first direct hit on old Sanaa since the bombing of Houthi rebels started in late March.
Unesco head Irina Bokova said she was “profoundly distressed”.
She said the destruction in the oldest part of the capital Sanaa, which included three houses, would “only exacerbate the humanitarian situation”.
“This heritage bears the soul of the Yemeni people, it is a symbol of a millennial history of knowledge and it belongs to all humankind,” she added.
At the end of May, the ancient city of Marib was bombed a week after the National Museum in Dhamar – containing some 12,500 artefacts – was completely destroyed, according to Unesco.
President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia in March after being placed under effective house arrest by Houthi rebels who took control of the capital.
More than 2,200 people have been killed and about 10,000 injured since the start of the Saudi-led bombing campaign, according the UN. Riyadh says the offensive is aimed at restoring President Hadi and pushing back the Houthis.
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