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Yemen’s looted antiquities: Rare artifacts to be put on sale in Tel Aviv

This photo shows a bronze frame from Yemen out of which the faces of two young men stand out. (Via Facebook)

A Yemeni researcher specialized in tracing looted antiquities says many rare artifacts from Yemen will be offered for sale at an auction in the Israeli-occupied territories next October.

In a post on his Facebook account, Abdullah Mohsen said the artifacts that will be auctioned in Tel Aviv include a bronze frame, out of which the faces of two young men stand out.

He added the details of those ancient objects and their source have not been declared yet.

According to the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, Yemen has witnessed a marked increase in the looting and trafficking of Yemeni antiquities since the start of the Saudi-led aggression on the country in 2015.

It said that many of the looted artifacts were offered for sale at auctions in European and American cities.

The Sana’a-based al-Hudhud Center for Archaeological Studies said in a report last year that 4,265 smuggled Yemeni artifacts had been sold in several countries from 1991 to 2022, noting that 2,610 of which were looted after the start of the Saudi-led war.

In August 2021, a classified document revealed that a high-ranking official from the administration of Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, was in close contact with criminal networks that loot artifacts from ancient heritage sites across the war-stricken country, and sell them to antiquities traffickers.

Since the start of the Saudi-led devastating war on Yemen, Saudi and Emirati forces have bolstered the traffic of antiquities into supporting Western countries while starving and bombing Yemen’s population.

The Saudi war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and has displaced millions. The war has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the impoverished country.

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