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Unesco condemns strikes on Yemen after buildings destroyed

Sana’a, Yemen.
Sana’a, Yemen. Image by Rod Waddington / CC BY-SA 2.0

A number of heritage buildings in Yemen’s capital Sana’a were destroyed by airstrikes last week, leading to condemnation from Unesco. Director General Irina Bokova said she was distressed by “the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape.”  Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. The ancient multi-storey houses of the old quarter were made of packed earth with burnt brick towers and decorated with geometric Islamic patterns. Nine people were killed in the raids. Read more: independent.co.uk