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UNESCO: Yemen war threatens history

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A man stands inside a monument at the historical town of Baraqish in Yemen''s al-Jawf province, April 6, 2016 [Photo/Ali Owidha/Reuters]

The nearly 3-year-old Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 2 million and helped spawn a devastating cholera epidemic in the Arab world’s poorest country. Amid its humanitarian crises, Yemen’s culture and historical sites have also been affected.

The Awwam Temple links a region now on the front lines of the Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels to Arabia’s pre-Islamic past.

Experts fear the temple, as well as other historic and cultural wonders across Yemen, beyond those acknowledged by international authorities, remains at risk as the country’s stalemated war rages on.

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