Yemeni official accuses Houthis of looting Benoun Museum

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-01-28 | Since 5 Month

Archeological piece from Benoun Museum in Dhamar Governorate

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

An official of the internationally recognized government in Yemen on Sunday accused Houthi group of storming and looting the historical Benoun Museum in Dhamar Governorate, to the south of Sana'a.

Houthi elements on Saturday stormed the museum, looted many valuable artifacts emptied the national library just to hang photos of killed Houthis, Aden-based Saba News Agency quoted director of the Public Authority for Museums as saying.

"Houthis removed photos of 26-September revolutionary idols and of Yemeni successive presidents after Revolution, and replaced them with their leaders' profiles," Faiez al-Dhubiani added.

The official held Houthi rebel accountable for tampering with Yemeni history and heritage, calling upon al-Hada tribal and community leaders to take action and protect Yemeni heritage from looting and stop such provoking acts.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

Dhamar, Sana'a the capital and most populated areas in the north have been since then under rebel-control.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

The war has also pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.


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