Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Yemeni Police stop smugglers of statues in Marib

The Yemeni news agency reported that security forces seized gold statues and gemstones at a military checkpoints outside the capital. The gang confessed to selling the relics to Arab merchants who acted as brokers.

The investigation revealed that many antiquities and gold bullion were smuggled out, and several archaeological sites have been destroyed. The aim of the Houthi militia is to destroy all national capabilities, including cultural heritage, where artifacts are seized in the Yemeni museums and official stores of the state and sold.
The Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah (anṣār allāh أنصار الله "Supporters of God"), is an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa'dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. They are of the Zaidi sect.The ancient kingdom of Saba ruled over the lands of southern Arabia, centered in modern day Yemen. Saba is better known as Sheba, whose famous Queen was recounted as having visited Solomon. Biblical accounts speak of it's vast wealth.
Sabean bronze. Circa 6th Century BC.