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>> They've been dead for 2,500 years, but for these mummies, only now is time running out. They're specimens at the main university in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, a city under control by the Houthis movement. And now the civil war between the group and the Saudi-led coalition to stop them is having its toll on these too.
Reuters correspondent in the gulf, Noah Browning, says a blockade on the country's ports has deprived researchers of preservation chemicals needed to keep the mummies from rotting.>> The war has also unleashed frequent power cuts in the country, which undermine the archaeology department at the University of Sanaa's ability to keep the mummy room dehumidified.
In the absence of the necessary chemicals and the right climatic conditions, dangerous bacteria is eating at the flesh of these mummies. And undermining the ability of future generations to study it, and enjoy Yemen's rich, cultural heritage.>> These are the mummies considered to be in good condition. The researchers here told Reuters they had to quarantine parts of their collection to keep the bacteria from spreading.
And they're not the only antiquities under threat.>> The plight of the mummies is just the latest sign of the dangers imposed by this war to Yemen's cultural heritage. As months and years of bombings have destroyed everything from mosques, historic homes and ancient sites.>> The conflict in Yemen has claimed over 10,000 lives, and created a massive humanitarian disaster.
Putting this university on the losing side of a tug-of-war for resources and relief. The mummies, casualties from long, long before.