Monument to be erected for Spanish tourists [Archives:2008/1131/Front Page]

February 21 2008

SANA'A, Feb 20 ) The Yemeni-Spanish Friendship Association (YSFA) in Sana'a is to organize a commemoration in Marib city in the coming few months. The commemoration is to be held in memory of the Spanish tourists who were killed in Marib.

On July 2, 2007, seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis were killed when an apparent suicide bomber linked to Al-Qaeda rammed a car packed with explosives into their convoy.

The commemoration is to be held in coordination with Yemen's embassy in Madrid and the Spanish embassy in Sana'a.

Abdullah Nasser Al-Kharraz, chairman of the YSFA, said the event would coincide with the first commemoration of the seven Spanish tourists. He added a monument is to be erected in the place where the incident took place. “The Spanish tourists' families will be invited, in addition to social, media and political Yemeni figures, to attend the event,” he said.

Al-Kharraz further noted that his association seeks to open a Yemeni-Spanish cultural center in coordination with the Spanish embassy in Sana'a. The center will work to enhance cultural relations between Yemen and Spain.