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Yemen | Despite calls for restraint, combatants in civil war have destroyed over 100 heritage sites

SANAA, Yemen — The messy civil war that has raged in Yemen for nearly four years has left its mark on the country's political, economic and cultural life. The country’s cultural and historical heritage has been ravaged despite repetitive calls by UNESCO to all fighting sides to do their utmost to protect Yemen's unique heritage.

Yemen is one of the richest countries in the region when it comes to natural, cultural, historical and architectural heritage. It has four sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Socotra Archipelago, the old city of Sanaa, the old walled city of Shibam in Hadramaut governorate and the historic town of Zabid.

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