Yemen towers in danger of collapse

Ancient skyscrapers at risk as state funds for preserving them runs dry.



    Yemen is home to some of the world's oldest skyscrapers - contiguous mud-brick tower buildings rising five to nine stories high.

    Locals in the city of Shibam in Hadramaut say some of the buildings have stood for seven centuries, as a former symbol of political and economic prestige.

    But the buildings are located on a floodplain, which risks being washed away by torrential rains.

    As Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports, residents fear preserving the city could prove difficult.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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