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National Museum in Yemen Destroyed by Civil War

The National Museum in the Yemeni city of Taiz was reduced to ashes on Sunday, as part of the fallout from the nation’s ongoing civil war, according to the New York Times’ Shuaib Almosawa and Kareem Fahim. A rebel movement from the north known as the Houthis were shelling the city, resulting in a fire that incinerated the museum and most of its rare manuscripts and other artifacts.

“Manuscripts, an ornate turban said to belong to an unknown but ancient king, old Qurans dating back more than one thousand years, and private pistols of Imam Ahmed Hamid Al-Deen- the last Yemeni Imam (national religious leader) before Arab nationalists seized power in 1962- have all been destroyed,” reports the Middle East Eye.