UNESCO condemns bombing of Yemeni historic site

Head of UN cultural organisation says bombing of historic Sanaa distressing

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

UNESCO condemned on Friday a Saudi-led air strike which destroyed three houses in the Old City of Sanaa, where the oldest building dates back over 1,400 years.

“I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” the director general of UNESCO Irina Bokova said.

The air strike caused the destruction of a trio of three-story buildings, and killed five people.

On March 25, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an air campaign targeting Houthi areas across the country.

Riyadh says its campaign is in response to appeals by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, for military intervention against Houthi militants.

Houthis, however, denounce the offensive as “Saudi-American aggression” against Yemen.

The United Nations estimates that at least 2,288 people have been killed and nearly 10,000 others injured in Yemen since the beginning of the air strikes.

On Friday, the coalition issued a statement saying it will continue the air strikes until an April UN resolution demanding Houthi withdrawal is implemented.

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