Culture Ministry warns against tampering with historical manuscripts

Culture Ministry warns against tampering with historical manuscripts

Alsahwa Net- The Yemeni Ministry of Culture warned on Thursday against tampering with contents of the Grand Mosque Manuscripts House in the capital Sana’a by the Houthis militants.  

It said that it follows up with deep concern practices by the Houthis militia against

contents of the manuscripts since the Houthis seized management of the manuscripts house.

The Houthis imposed their own management of the house and banned existing workers from doing their jobs at the house, the ministry said in a statement published by the state-run Saba news agency.

New manager of the house who was designated by the Houthis attempted to seize rare manuscripts and stole their database.

Yemen possesses hundreds of original and authentic manuscripts that were written hundreds of years ago by prominent Yemeni scholars in various disciplines.

Large number of those old manuscripts are being preserved at the Manuscripts House of the Grand Mosque in the capital Sana’a.

However, this treasure trove has been at risk of disappearance due to looting attempts by the Houthis-affiliated officials.

The government appealed to the UNESCO to preserve Yemen’s cultural heritage as the country experiences armed conflict.

It demanded the UNESCO to exercise pressure on the Houthis to stop their ill-practices against the old manuscripts.

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