UNESCO has announced additions to its List of World Heritage In Danger, citing threats to sites in Yemen, Lebanon and Ukraine.
The landmarks now considered in danger are the Ancient Kingdom of Saba, in Yemen, the Rachid Karameh International Fair of Tripoli, in Lebanon, and the Historic Center of the Port City of Odesa, in Ukraine (CNN).
The decision was made in an extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, amid concerns about the threat of ongoing conflicts in Yemen and Ukraine in particular.
The Rachid Karami International Fair in Tripoli, a boomerang-shaped building designed in 1962 by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, was listed due to its “alarming state of conservation, the lack of financial resources for its maintenance, and the latent risk of development proposals that could affect the integrity of the complex”.
In Yemen, the under-threat site includes seven archaeological sites that show the architectural, aesthetic and technological achievements of the Kingdom of Saba from the 1st millennium BCE to the arrival of Islam around 630 CE.