Smoke rises from Al-Qahira castle, an ancient fortress that was recently taken over by Houthi rebels, following a Saudi-led airstrike in Taiz city, Yemen, May 12, 2015. (AP/Abdulnasser Alseddik)
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Folklore calls Yemen the cradle of the Arabs but its ancient heritage is being destroyed as the Arab world's most powerful states bomb Houthi rebels in the impoverished country.Added to the suffering of Yemen's people, the cultural destruction has given the Houthis an opportunity to polish their nationalist credentials as a movement resisting alleged foreign aggression and defending the country's identity.The future identity of the Islamic world may be at stake, as sectarian strife playing out in Syria, Iraq and Yemen pits against each other armed groups from Islam's two schools, backed by the rival states of Saudi Arabia and Iran.Ironically, the Islamic past may be a casualty of the fight.
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