Yemeni security forces in Marib thwart attempts to smuggle ancient statues

the aim of the Houthi militia was to destroy all national capabilities, including the cultural heritage. (Al-Ekhbariya)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Yemeni security forces in Marib thwart attempts to smuggle ancient statues

  • The Yemeni news agency reported that security forces seized gold statues and gemstones at a military checkpoints outside the capital
  • The aim of the Houthi militia was to destroy all national capabilities, including the cultural heritage

DUBAI: Yemeni security forces foiled a Houthi attempt to smuggle rare antiquities out of the Marib province, arresting those involved, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

The Yemeni news agency reported that security forces seized gold statues and gemstones at a military checkpoints outside the capital.

The police chief in the province said the suspects arrested for the smuggling attempt were monitored for more than a month before they were arrested. The gang confessed to selling the relics to Arab merchants who acted as brokers.

The general director also said those arrested were part of a larger smuggling gang. He said the investigation revealed that many antiquities and gold bullion were smuggled out, and several archaeological sites have been destroyed.

He said the aim of the Houthi militia was to destroy all national capabilities, including the cultural heritage, where artifacts were seized in the Yemeni museums and official stores of the state.


Arab coalition destroys Houthi boat rigged with explosives

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Arab coalition destroys Houthi boat rigged with explosives

RIYADH: The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed a Houthi boat laden with explosives on Thursday. 

The boat, that was launched from the governorate of Hodeidah, was destroyed in the southern Red Sea, coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. 

Yemen's Houthis are backed by Iran and have been accused by the Arab coalition of repeatedly attacking shipping in the Red Sea since the conflict started in 2014.  

Iran has been accused of being behind the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities that took place on Saturday. An investigation into the attacks continues.