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The antiques, hidden inside boxes of clothing, were looted from the National Museum in Aden, according to a military source

Yemeni forces seize shipment of smuggled antique daggers

A government military checkpoint belonging to the 4th Hazm Brigades seized a shipment of antique daggers and swords on Sunday. The shipment was seized at a checkpoint in the Tor Al-Baha district in upper Lahj governorate in southern Yemen. 

A bus carrying 60 antique daggers and swords into Houthi-controlled areas was stopped in the Al-Baydha subdistrict, Moataz Al-Subaihi, commander of the checkpoint told Almasdar Online.

The Yemeni dagger, or janbiya, is a traditional accessory of a man's wardrobe and often used in dances. Janbiyas crafted with rhinoceros horn, silver, or precious stones can sell for thousands of dollars.

Hidden inside boxes of clothing, the antiques captured Sunday were looted from the National Heritage Museum in Aden, Al-Subaihi said.

The 4th Hazm Brigades, deployed on the fronts of Tor Al-Baha in upper Lahj and Hayfan district in lower Taiz governorate, have seized seized several smuggling shipments including things like explosive materials and contraband.


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