Saudi-led coalition denies strike on UNESCO heritage site in Yemen

Published June 12th, 2015 - 10:56 GMT
A man walks past a destroyed home in Old Sanaa, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting mosques and homes dating from before the 11th century.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
A man walks past a destroyed home in Old Sanaa, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting mosques and homes dating from before the 11th century. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

The Saudi-led coalition conducting airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen denied claims that its warplanes carried out strikes in the historic old quarter of Sanaa, AFP reported on Friday.

"For sure we did not conduct any operation inside [the] city," Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, the coalition spokesman, told AFP.

Witnesses told AFP a missile destroyed three homes in Sanaa’s historic Qassimi neighborhood and killed five residents, including a woman and a child.

Residents also told reporters that Friday morning’s airstrike was the first direct hit on Old Sanaa since the Saudi-led coalition began a bombing campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in late March. 

The target of the missile attack remains unclear.

Earlier airstrikes on nearby targets have inflicted damage on Old Sanaa, prompting heated protest from UNESCO, the UN’s historic and cultural agency.

Sanaa’s historic old city has been inhabited for over 2,500 years and features over one hundred mosques and thousands of homes dating from before the 11th century. 


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