Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site in Yemen Capital

Yemenis searched for survivors under the rubble of buildings destroyed Friday in the Old City area of Sana, the capital. Credit Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency

A 2,500-year-old Islamic cultural heritage site in Yemen’s capital was obliterated in an explosion early Friday, and witnesses and news reports said the cause was a missile or bomb from Saudi Arabia-led warplanes. The Saudi military denied responsibility.

The top antiquities protection official at the United Nations angrily condemned the destruction of ancient multistory homes, towers and gardens, which also killed an unspecified number of residents in Al Qasimi, a neighborhood in Sana’s Old City area.

“I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” said the official, Irina Bokova, the director general of Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization…

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  • The Butterfly

    How can it be an 2500 year old Islamic cultural heritage site, when Yemen has no civilizational history to speak of, and Islam is less than 1500 years old?

    • It’s easy. It’s typical Islamic bull shit.

    • Frau Katze

      Very strange. I have no idea.

    • tom_billesley

      Probably a synagogue.

    • Martin B

      Actually Yemen did have a distinguished ancient history dating back more than 2500 years:

      I say “did” because it won’t be long before the Muzz obliterate all traces of it.

  • Once more, the UN make some blathering statement no one cares about.

  • DVult

    Cultural heritage centre? It looks like an ordinary building. Nothing special and certainly not anywhere near 2,500 years old.

    • ntt1

      they are of note only because they are high rise mud brick construction, fine in the days of carrying jarred water up to the living area but deadly now when some one leaves a tap dripping. some have been destroyed by simple plumbing leakage.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That is very amusing.

        • ntt1

          arabs and excess water are a bad idea, nothing in mo’s handbook and no cultural sign posts, recipe for disaster.

  • bob e

    i soo upset .. mebbe’ i should take a pill .. eh