UNESCO lists Yemen, Lebanon sites as world heritage in danger

PARIS — The United Nations on Wednesday inscribed an historical metropolis and its dam in war-torn Yemen and a futurist park in cash-strapped Lebanon on its world heritage listing.

The UN cultural company listed each as world heritage websites in peril, the primary due to the battle raging in Yemen since 2014, and the second due to “its alarming state of conservation” and the dearth of sources in Lebanon to take care of it.

Seven archaeological websites have been added in Yemen’s province of Marib for bearing witness to the achievements of the Saba kingdom from the primary millennium BC to the arrival of Islam in round 630, UNESCO stated.

The dominion, identified for the legendary Queen of Sheba, on the time managed a lot of the incense route throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

The newly listed websites embrace the traditional metropolis of Marib, two temples and the stays of the town’s historical dam, a feat of historical hydrological engineering whose bursting is talked about within the Koran.

The UN physique stated it hoped the choice would assist “mobilize your complete worldwide group for the safety of web sites.”

UNESCO’s world heritage committee additionally voted so as to add the Rachid Karameh Worldwide Honest in Lebanon’s northern coastal metropolis of Tripoli to the listing.

The concrete park, a brief stroll away from the seafront, was designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, however activists have warned it risked crumbling into break lately.

“The honest was the flagship venture of Lebanon’s modernization coverage within the Nineteen Sixties,” UNESCO stated, describing it as “one of many main consultant works of twentieth century trendy structure” within the area.

Its inscription as a world heritage website in peril “opens entry to enhanced worldwide help” to protect it.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who hails from the town, welcomed the choice as “an amazing achievement for Lebanon and Lebanese, particularly for the town of Tripoli.”

Activists had been hoping for a UNESCO itemizing to open the best way to donor funding to save lots of the park, in a rustic mired since 2019 in one of many worst monetary crises in current historical past. — Agence France-Presse