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The recent damage in Yemen to three out of four United Nations World Heritage Sites is one more of the unfortunate consequences of a war that has already killed over 2,000 people and displaced more than 1 million others.The old city of Shibam, which dates to the 16th century, is one of the affected sites.Located at an altitude of 2,300 meters and with a population of over 2 million people, Sanaa is one of the oldest cities in the world.It destroyed 12,000 artifacts, some 8,000 years old, thus canceling 30 years of effort, stated Lamya Khalidi, a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, who has extensive experience in Yemen.ISIS is responsible for the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, in northern Iraq.In 2015, ISIS destroyed the city of Hatra, an Iraqi city-state from the Roman era, also a U.N. World Heritage site. Of the 1,007 known World Heritage sites, 48 are now in danger of being destroyed.
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