Historic Zabid in Yemen threatened by war


By Middle East Affairs

Zabid, a historic city in Yemen, is under threat as the government military looms in on Huthi rebels, AFP reports.

UNESCO says the city has the highest concentration of mosques in Yemen, including one of the world’s first mosques. Zabid was also the capital of Yemen from the 13th to 15th centuries.

Zabid, a United Nations World Heritage Site, is under rebel control of Huthi rebels, which are backed by Iran. The government, backed by Saudi Arabia, has been closing in on it as it makes its way to Hodeida, an important port.

The International Committee of the Red Cross pointed out that the frontline is only kilometres away from Zabid.

“Any destruction of cultural property there would mean that people, communities and all of humanity lose out,” Head of Delegation Alexandre Faite said and AFP reported.

Yemen has been involved in a civil war for years between the Huthi rebels and the government.

More than 9,200 Yemenis have been killed and tens of thousands have been wounded, according to the World Health Organization.

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