Houthis, Saleh militias violate sanctity of 750 mosques in Yemen

A man uses his mobile to take photos inside a mosque hit by two bombs in Sanaa, Yemen, in this file photo taken on Sept. 3, 2015. (AP)
Updated 19 April 2017

Houthis, Saleh militias violate sanctity of 750 mosques in Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias have so far destroyed over 750 mosques in Yemen.

Damage include total destruction, heavy bomb-shelling theft of furniture and belongings, use of mosques for qat chewing sessions or as military barracks by these militias.

A report by a Yemeni group monitored the violations from 2013 to 2016.

The two-part study states that the Houthi’s bombing of mosques exposed the ideological, cultural and intellectual dimension of their war and pointed out that the mosques in the province of Saada and the capital Sanaa witnessed the largest cases of Houthi violations: 282 mosques in the capital and 115 in Saada.

The report said that Houthis, after years of studying in Iranian Qum, started their aggression on Yemeni tribes, in January 2013; ever since, they have been mobilizing and got in possession explosives that they used to target the largest mosques as soon as they occupy a village.

They also targeted Qur’an and Hadith teaching places in an attempt to delete the good teachings of Qur’an and Sunnah and impose imported Iranian Khomeinist thought, with its symbols and slogans.

The report said that 14 schools teaching the Qur’an have been bombed and vandalized.

The report also said that Houthis bombed 80 mosques while they shelled 41 mosques, raided 117 mosques and turned 157 mosques into military bases where they have smoke shisha, qat and shama.

The report stated that Houthis kidnapped and tortured 150 imams, 69 of whom in the capital Sanaa, 29 in Hudaida and 25 in Ibb, elaborating that Houthis resort to terrorizing people with excessive use of power, torture and violence in order for the population to surrender fast.

The report also saids that Houthis target scholars’ houses and those of opponents to scare others and ensure they do not oppose or disagree with them.


Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

The pavilion features a series of documentaries on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

  • Saudi Arabia’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), is taking part in the 6th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Arab States in Kuwait.
The exhibition, held under the supervision of the secretary-general of the GCC, in partnership with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, opened last Wednesday at the National Museum of Kuwait and will run until Feb. 15.
The Kingdom’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.
The pavilion also features a series of documentaries on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, a number of publications by the antiquities and museums sector on different areas of cultural heritage, as well as a collection of photographs and historical information on Saudi Arabia’s cultural depth.