In a serious development of the UAE’s colonial role in Yemen, a US archaeologist revealed that the UAE has stolen Yemeni antiquities and smuggled them to sell to some countries, including the US.
Alexander Nagel confirmed that there are more than one million pieces that were stolen from Yemen.
The researcher added that a number of archaeologists traded the role of researchers, scholars and prospectors, in order to implement the theft scheme. These elements worked to smuggle a number of antiquities to the US, with sone pieces worth millions of dollars. O’Neal specific Yemeni archeological piece has a value of $34 million.
Alexander Nagel revealed that antiquities were smuggled from Yemen through countries such as the UAE and Israel, before they arrived in the United States, confirming the involvement of many explorers, academics and diplomats in the smuggling of antiquities from Yemen.
Nagel based his presentation on several pieces, documents, some publications in Musnadiy inscriptions page, and on the researcher Abdullah Mohsen, who published on his research on July 4, 2018 about one of those pieces.
Mohsen reported that a piece of antiquity from the capital of the State of Qataban was donated illegally to Sir Charles Johnston by Saleh Hussein al-Hubaily, son of Amir Bayhan.
The UAE at the Louvre-Abu Dhabi exhibits stolen and smuggled artefacts from Egypt, Iraq and Syria, part of which was sold to Abu Dhabi by smuggling rings related to terrorist groups.
An official source at Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor’s office has on Sunday condemned the systematic looting of archaeological and historical sites, buildings and public properties in Aden province.
“The looting of those sites, buildings and property of the University of Aden is a new condemning evidence against the so-called Security Belt militia authority,” the source said in a statement to Yemeni news agency Saba.
Source: Yemen Extra