Almotamar.net - Advisor to the Yemeni Prime Minister Jamal Abdulrahman al-Hadrami said Tuesday that renovations and preparations have been made for six public buildings, the four gates, the guest house, part of the fort, and 45 houses as part of the measures taken for the preservation of the city of Zabid in cooperation with residents of the city and the German Programme in support of historical cities.
In a lecture organized by the Arab Syrian Cultural Centre under the motto of ‘The City of Zabid, its history and the story of preserving it’ with the UNESCO, al-Hadrami called for the necessity of enlightenment on the importance the city’s heritage and preserving it.
He has also criticized the Ministry of Endowment for not carrying out renovation and repair of the city’s mosque and its shops in the old market.
Al-Hadrami also affirmed the necessity of the availability of the political will to render Zabid as a tourist historical city of a high civilization vale and entertain attention of the state and international organisations. He called for the necessity of restoring the prestige to the city of Zabid and to take care of it economically and politically by holding conferences and economic and trade activities in the way that improves income of the individual in it.
Al-Hadrami pointed out that the government has set up a committee for the rescue of Zabid from deletion and collapse after threats of the UNESCO of dropping the city from the list of heritage.
He stressed the necessity that the committee set up under chairmanship of the Minister of Culture shoulder the responsibility for the rapid treatment in order to deliver the city from the condition it is currently in after the allocation of one hundred millions for the quick saving of the city.
On deleting the city of Zabid from the list of world heritage, the Premier advisor said the city of Zabid was part of the world heritage list in 1993 and lowered in 2001 to a lower position and it is part of the list of the world heritage exposed to danger unless measures for preserving it are taken for preserving of its historical value.
Concerning the city’s important historical landmarks al-Hadrami clarified that the old city includes 4200 historical houses of 200-600 years old in addition to 85 Islamic mosques and schools, among them are four mosques aged at 1400 years, such as Al-Ashari mosque. He said the UNESCO has given the city the status it deserves as it registered 400 of its houses in the lists of unique landmarks of world heritage considering them as of high architectural value the age of some reaches to more than 400 years.
On the scientific and cultural phenomena of the city of Zabid al-Hadrami punted out they are the wall and the four gates and the Nasseri Grand House (Zabid fortress) which is considered of the most important landmarks in the city, in addition to Al-Ashari University and its scientists and the archaeological studies.
He has also reviewed in his lecture the political events that Zabid experienced and he divided them into five stages, beginning from the state of Bani Ziad and ending with after the Yemeni revolution.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi chaired on Thursday a meeting of the Supreme Military and Security Committee.
The meeting touched upon the latest developments on the ground and the current Houthi escalation in and around the capital Sana'a which represents a threat to security, stability and public tranquility in the city and coincides with current efforts to bring in a solution for the current crisis.
The UN annual report of the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) has said that Yemen is one of the most food-insecure countries in the world.
"Conflict, economic downturn, low agricultural productivity and poverty have made Yemen one of the most food-insecure countries in the world", according to the SOFI 2014 report published on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
"Besides restoring political security and economic stability, the government aims to reduce hunger by one-third by 2015 and to make 90 percent of the population food-secure by 2020."
The report showed that the government also "aims to reduce the current critical rates of child malnutrition by at least one percentage point per year."
The Assistant of the UN Secretary-General and his Special Adviser for Yemen Jamal Benomar on Wednesday held talks with Abdul Malik al-Houthi in the province of Saada in the framework of consultations with concerned parties in order to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis in Yemen.
Benomar said that the talks, which lasted three hours, focused on solutions to the crisis that can be agreed on by all parties and be based on the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue conference.
The Human Rights Watch has announced today granting its Alison Des Forges Award for the Extraordinary Activism for 2014 to four activists including Yemeni female activist Arwa Abdu Othman.
HRW said in a release posted in the organization's website, the prestigious award has been granted this year to four courageous activists from North Korea, Africa, India and Yemen.
"The winners are among voices calling for justice in their countries and working tirelessly for protecting rights of others and their dignity," said the organization, making it clear that it chose Arawa Othman because she is a key activist working for ending child marriage in Yemen.
A military raid on houses in Hota town of Lahj province resulted on Sunday in arresting three terrorists elements, a military source at the Fourth Military Region Command said.
The military source said that a number of automatic weapons and RPG launchers and silencer pistol were found during the raid, noting that the military and security services are still investigating and pursuing the remnants of the terrorist elements and cells who fled from the area.
The European Union has denounced any act aiming at diminishing the political transfer in Yemen, stressing that parties involved in armed clashes must abandon their weapons they seized from state's army and to abide by effective laws.
In a release issued by the EU Commission today on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy under the motto "Sharing Youth in the Democratic Process," it made it clear the world is focusing on involving youth in the democratic process.
"Half of the population in Yemen is under 15 years and one third of the population is between 15-29," the release said. The released added that the Yemeni youth cannot wait more as they are aspiring for more prosperous future and calling for a new Yemen people share power and resources away of dominance of any group or individuals.
President Abd-Rabb Mansour Hadi on Saturday met with a number of Sheikhs, dignitaries, and social figures from Heziaz area, southern the capital Sana'a.
Hadi during the meeting said that Yemen now is facing critical situation due to current Houthi escalation in and around the capital Sana'a, which needs more caution and avoiding not entering in a conflict with Houthi armed militias.
"We don't mind, and under the constitution and laws, to organize peaceful protests, but trying to storm government facilities, schools, police stations or houses is something forbidden,'' President Hadi said.
He urged everyone to bear his national responsibility in order to avoid fighting in the capital
Yemen's ambassador to the United Kingdom Abdullah al-Radi met on Friday in London with British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs Tobias Ellwood.
In the meeting, al-Radi and Ellwood discussed the underway arrangements for the next meeting of Friends of Yemen Group scheduled on September 24 in New York, as well as the aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The British minister confirmed his country's strong support to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to complete the entitlements of the transitional stage and translate the outcomes of the national dialogue conference (NDC). He stressed that the international community would not allow any group or party to obstruct Yemen's exit march to the prospects of harmony ,peace, development and prosperity.