A picture taken on February 24, 2018 shows a view of the ancient city of Zabid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site currently on the list of World Heritage in danger, in Yemen's western Hudaida province. AFP / ABDO HYDER
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Once Yemen's capital and famed as an architectural marvel of early Islam, the town of Zabid is fighting to survive as a brutal war closes in on its fortified walls. The sand-colored town overlooking the country's west coast was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 for its centuries-old urban planning and architecture, which includes the world's fifth oldest mosque.Yemen's 3-year-old war, which has killed at least 10,000 people and pushed the country to the brink of famine, is now threatening the fate of Zabid.So far the town has been spared in the battle between Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels and a government allied with an Arab-led military coalition.But a fight for nearby Hudaida, home to Yemen's most vital port, has raised fears the violence is closing in on Zabid.Ahmad Hussein Ahmad says his home was damaged last month, as government forces clashed with Houthi rebels nearby.
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