According to AFP, an air strike on Friday by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition on the historic quarter of Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, killed five people and destroyed three houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site.
This is what Unesco says about Sana’a:
Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site.
UNESCO director general Irina Bokova was quoted as saying she was “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” and “shocked by the images of these magnificent many-storeyed tower-houses and serene gardens reduced to rubble. The historic value and memories enshrined in these sites have been irreparably damaged or destroyed.”
Saudi Arabia intervened in the Yemen civil war earlier this year at the head of a coalition committed to defeating the Houthi rebels who overthrew the country’s Saudi-backed president.