Thousands of Priceless Artifacts Destroyed In Yemen

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Al-Thawra Net

The Saudi-led international coalition aggression has destroyed more than 2,000 Yemeni cultural and historical sites as well as dozens of museums since their military campaign against Yemen, Muhannid al-Siyani, head of the General Directorate of Yemeni Museums and Antiquities, told Sputnik.

In an interview with Sputnik, Muhannid al-Siyani, head of the General Directorate of Yemeni Museums and Antiquities, said that in the two years that have passed since the Saudi-led coalition aggression intervened in the country’s civil war, more than 2,000 cultural and historical sites as well as dozens of museums had been destroyed throughout the country.

Al-Siyani specifically pointed to the fact that the Saudi-led international coalition was provided with a list of 50 places of cultural importance in Yemen which must be preserved at all cost.

“However, the coalition launched at least ten air strikes on some sites mentioned in the list,” he pointed out.

The final data on the damage has yet to be revealed, al-Sayani said, adding that experts are ready to assess the current state of historical monuments in Yemen at any moment.

“First and foremost, some of these objects must be demined, and as for their repair and restoration, it will cost millions of dollars,” he said.

According to him, the rest of the artifacts were transferred to a safe place to protect them from air strikes.

Earlier, the UN Security Council issued a resolution on the criminalization of attacks on historical monuments in Yemen.

“This decision will become an important part of the accusations against the ongoing hostilities and the countries that are involved in them. After the stabilization of the situation, Yemen will file a lawsuit with the international court against the countries that conducted these barbaric actions,” al-Siyani concluded.

The damage suffered by the education process as a result of the aggression against education institutions has reached 2,306 schools and other institutions, which were fully or partially destroyed,” Zaidan said.

According to Zaidan, the operation has created $400 million in damages and left dozens of teachers and pupils dead in the wake of the ongoing hostilities.