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US researcher: UAE steals Yemen antiquities

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A US researcher specializing in antiquities has revealed that the UAE has stolen and smuggled Yemen’s antiquities for sale to countries such as the United States.

American researcher Alexander Nagel revealed that the effects of Yemen amount to more than one million pieces are stolen periodically from the UAE in a variety of ways.

Najil said that most of the Orientalists who visited Yemen for a long time, especially from America were doing studies and excavation, but they are “liars, they are traders of antiquities.”

“They have smuggled a large number of antiquities to America and the number of smuggled pieces to more than one million artifacts, and they have museums and collections worth millions of dollars,” he said, pointing out that the wealth of one of the monuments earned about 34 million dollars.

“Unfortunately, many museums and collections in America receive and display the pieces without verifying their origin, but recently, with the presence of young museums, this has begun to change.”

Nagel revealed that “the smuggling of antiquities from Yemen through countries such as the UAE and Israel before arriving in the United States,” stressing the involvement of “many explorers, academics and diplomats in smuggling antiquities from Yemen.

Najil based his presentation on several pieces, documents and some publications on Musnadah inscriptions page, and the researcher Abdullah Mohsen, who published on his page on July 4, 2018 about one of those pieces and said that it is a piece of antiquities that prevent the capital of the State of Qataban was donated with a number of antiquities as a token of friendship to Sir Charles Johnston, by Saleh Hussein al-Hubaily, son of Amir Bayhan.

He pointed out that the father (Hussein bin Ahmed bin Mohsen al-Hubaili) had sold a collection of golden relics in 1977 to the British Museum.

For his part, says Yemeni researcher Hosni al-Sibani, one of the official inscriptions Musnadip page that half of the antiquities of Yemen stolen and looted and smuggled and sold in auctions hidden and public, as well as many of the Yemeni antiquities found in international museums.

He added that the archaeological missions that came to Yemen looted and stolen a lot of antiquities, which led to a rift in Yemeni history and a gap in the chronological history of the probe sequence of the history of Yemen’s abysmal.

He continued: “Unfortunately all successive governments in Yemen have also taken their share of theft, looting, smuggling and dedication, whether rulers or officials,” especially the UAE.

The UAE has been accused of stealing antiquities from Arab countries such as Iraq, Egypt and Syria.

The UAE exhibits stolen and smuggled antiquities from Egypt, Iraq, and Syria at the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, part of which was sold to Abu Dhabi by gangs smuggling antiquities related to some terrorist groups in an expression of the lowliness of their rulers and their vileness and their involvement in illegal practices.

The new version of the Louvre-Abu Dhabi, which France has given the green light, is seen as a distorting factor for the Grand Louvre in Paris in a worthless move aimed at polishing the image of the UAE and its authoritarian and repressive regime.