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Yemen’s looted antiquities: Rare artifacts to be put on sale in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, (The Palestine Information Centre)A Yemeni researcher specializing in tracing looted antiquities says many rare artifacts from Yemen will be sold at an auction in the Israeli-occupied territories next October.

In a post on his Facebook account, Abdullah Mohsen said the artifacts that will be auctioned in Tel Aviv include a bronze frame, out of which the faces of two young men stand out.

He added the details of those ancient objects and their source have not been declared yet.

According to the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, Yemen has witnessed a marked increase in the looting and trafficking of Yemeni antiquities since the start of the Saudi-led aggression on the country in 2015.

It said that many of the looted artifacts were offered for sale at auctions in European and American cities.

The Sana’a-based al-Hudhud Center for Archaeological Studies said in a report last year that 4,265 smuggled Yemeni artifacts had been sold in several countries from 1991 to 2022, noting that 2,610 of which were looted after the start of the Saudi-led war.

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