Yemen: Historical Masjid in Taiz damaged by Houthi shelling
Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 27 February 2018| 11 Jumadul Ukhraa 1439
Houthi militias have shelled the Ashrafiya Mosque in Taiz on Sunday using a Howitzer artillery further damaging the historical relic which they shelled twice before.
Locals said Houthis were targeting a house near the mosque when they seriously damaged the latter’s minaret.
Citizens have called for saving this mosque and accused the Houthis of intentionally damaging the country’s historical ruins and of not respecting the mosque’s sanctity.
The Ashrafiya Mosque, which was built by Sultan Ashraf Ismail bin Abbas in 800 Hijri, is one of the most famous relics in Taiz given its beautiful design.
The government finished restoration works in the mosque in July 2014, few months before the Houthis staged its coup against legitimacy.
In addition to a prayer hall, the mosque also has a school and has a burial yard where some of the kings from the Rasulid dynasty that ruled Yemen are buried.
Source – Al Arabiya