Yemen Calls on UNESCO to Save Architectural Treasures from Houthis; Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemen – Old City of Sana’a

The Yemeni government responded Tuesday to the calls of the people and activists in the capital Sanaa and made an official appeal to UNESCO to intervene and save the Yemeni architectural treasures and cultural heritage from Houthi militias.

In an official statement, the Ministry of Culture denounced the “deliberate and systematic distortion and destruction campaigns” that have been carried out by Houthi militias against Yemen’s historical monuments for more than three years, most recently was in Sanaa, where they destructed historic buildings.

Members of the Houthi group have recently carried out a systematic campaign to paint the facades of historical buildings in the old city registered in UNESCO’s heritage cities, in the colors of the group’s sectarian slogans and distort its unique architectural style.

The government statement called on UNESCO to intervene to stop the militias’ destructing acts and “carry out its responsibility to guarantee and protect the heritage of the old city of Sanaa.”

The statement called on the UN organization to “exert all possible pressure to stop Houthi militias destructing acts.

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