Zabid’s fortified walls and minarets have stood for more than a thousand years.
But the war during the last three years has left its mark.
On less concern, continued fighting between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels could damage the town’s archaeological sites beyond repair.
Some of the bombing around the city of Zabid and inside the city of Zabid resulted in damage of some building ceilings and wall cracks.
And we as a public body to preserve the historic cities cannot do anything.
Zabid was Yemen’s capital between the 13th and 15th centuries.
It sites south of today’s capital Sanaa in an area largely controlled by Houthi revels.
It’s also close to the main highway, linking the port of Hodeida and the city of Taiz a crucial supply line, where there’s been some of the heaviest shelling.
The town’s heritage was already under threat before the war began in 2014.
The UN’s cultural agency had placed Zabid on a danger list almost 20 years ago.
More than a third of its ancient buildings had been replaced by ones made of concrete.
And recent bombing has any made things worse.
The bombing of Sakya restaurant affected our houses.
They cracked and some was lent because of the shelling.
When Zabid was Yemen’s capital 700 years ago, the town’s Islamic University was known as the Oxford of the East,
a reference to one of the world’s famous universities in the UK.
Those glory days are gone.
But conservationists don’t want what’s left of the ancient city to disappear completely.