UNESCO director General calls on all parties to protect Yemen's cultural heritage

13 May 2015 8:54 AM | Anonymous

UNESCO Director-General calls on all parties to protect Yemen’s cultural heritage

©UNESCO/M. Gropa - Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, World Heritage site

Amid alarming reports about bombing of the World Heritage Site of the Old City of Sana’a, UNESCO’s Director-General calls on all parties to protect Yemen’s unique cultural heritage.

Over the past few days, UNESCO received reports of severe damage to significant cultural heritage sites in Yemen. According to several media reports and official sources, the old city of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, was heavily bombed during the night of 11 May 2015, causing severe damage to many of its historic buildings. In addition, the old city of Sa’adah, which is included on Yemen’s World Heritage Tentative List, as well as the archaeological site of the pre-Islamic walled city of Baraqish, have also suffered damages