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.
The United Nations has warned of the accelerating collapse of basic services in Yemen due to the aggression, siege and fighting which was described as “devastating.”
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw said in a press conference in Cairo that the current estimations indicate that more than 14 million people in Yemen cannot get sufficient health care.
He noted that 20 governorates, out of 22 governorates, are affected and that about 2.3 million people were forced to leave their homes which created a deteriorating and desperate humanitarian situation over the past seven months, stressing the importance of promptly finding out a political solution before it is over.
The UN official said that 3 million children and women are in need for medication because of malnutrition while 1.8 million children are deprived of schooling since March.
Klaauw pointed out the increasing deterioration of the basic services as a direct result of the dispute and the lack of necessary supplies to pay salaries or to cover maintenance costs.
Oxfam welcomed on Friday the changing of the British policy on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia which is used in its aggression against Yemen.
The Oxfam emphasized citizens are in the fire line not only because of weapons, but also of the siege imposed on Yemen which affected its main services and economy.
Josephine Hatton, director of the Middle East program at Oxfam, said in a statement the organization welcomed the alteration of the British attitude towards the denial of Saudi Arabia in targeting citizens in its airstrikes against Yemen, and insisting to conduct serious investigations in that regard.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond called on Thursday to carry out a serious investigation on the Saudi air raids against Yemen.
In an interview with the BBC, Hammond said the denial of Saudi in targeting citizens by its airstrikes against Yemen since March is not enough, serious investigations must been conducted in that regard.
A suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in front of the Faculty of Agriculture in Ibb University, a security source said.
"The explosion did not cause any casualties," the source said, noting that the suicide bomber detonated himself before he was arrested by the security men, who noticed he was wearing an explosive belt.
The Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) organization said on Monday that thousands of Yemeni people still incapable to receive medical care because of the absence of transportation means and closing the health facilities.
In its statement, the MSF said many of health facilities have totally or partly been destroyed as a result of the airstrikes and war in the country.
MOSCOW– Russia affirmed on Saturday its support to the exerted efforts to hold a new talks' round on the Yemeni crisis and with the participation of the various sides.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said, in its statement issued Saturday, it is important to do all the possible efforts in order to end violence in Yemen and reach peace all over the country via implementing dialogue gathering all the Yemeni political powers.