Saudi Cultural Ministry to host ‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition

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The Temple of Bel in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. (Getty Images)
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On 30 August 2015, Daesh demolished the Temple of Bel in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra using 30 tonnes of explosives. (Getty Images)
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Aleppo's historic citadel, before the war, on August 9, 2010. (Reuters)
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Aleppo's historic citadel, after it was damaged, on December 13, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 28 February 2019
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Saudi Cultural Ministry to host ‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition

  • The prince said the exhibition would use the latest technology to raise public awareness of heritage and the importance of preserving it

JEDDAH: The devastating impact of terrorism on heritage sites will be highlighted in an exhibition hosted by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture.
“Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” will open in Riyadh on April 25, said Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud.
The 30-day show, hosted by the ministry in cooperation with the Arab World Institute in Paris, will feature ancient and archaeological sites such as Libya’s Leptis Magna, Aleppo and Palmyra in Syria, and Mosul in Iraq.
The prince said the exhibition would use the latest technology to raise public awareness of heritage and the importance of preserving it.
“Through this exhibition we aim to help society realize the importance of heritage because it documents human history, which introduces us to the worlds of previous civilizations that were destroyed or neglected because of extremist and terrorist ideologies that found the areas of conflict an opportunity to threaten our history in the Middle East,” he added.
The exhibition proved a hit in Paris, where visitors went on a virtual journey through cities that were destroyed, looted or neglected because of war in the Middle East.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.