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Mystery of The Well of Barhout

The Well of Barhout also known as The Well of Hell, is a giant hole or a sink hole located in Hadhramaut, the desert of Al-Mahra province in Yemen’s eastern region. Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1,300 kilometres away. This well is surrounded by mystery. Local folklore claims it was created as a prison for demons. Yemeni officials say they don't know what lies below.

Aerial view of the Well of Barhout (Image credit: Gulf News)

It is about 30 m wide at the surface and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep. While the cave system remains unexplored, because it has little oxygen and no ventilation. The foul odours rising from its depths.

Salah Babhair, director general of Mahra's geological survey and mineral resources authority, said his research team had visited the area and entered the well, but only reached more than 50-60 meters into it. 

They also notice strange things inside. This is a mysterious situation. He also said that the well was "millions and millions" of years old. "These places require more study, research and investigation."

Local resident near the mouth of the well (Image credit: India Times)

Many local residents remain uneasy about visiting the vast hole, or even talking about it, for fear of ill fortune from a chasm which, legend has it, threatens life on Earth itself. People who have been near the well often talk of a foul, toxic odor. Ammar Hashem Mohammed Osman, who performed military service at a camp near the well, wrote, "The smell was unbearable.. Bad smell like rotten eggs.. I was nauseated by the severity of the smell."

Aerial view using drone (Image credit: AFP)

A video crew from AFP recently flew a drone over the hole and captured stunning aerial footage of the mysterious pit. However, even with the drone flying directly over the hole and with the camera lens pointed straight down, it was impossible to see into its depths due to the extreme darkness.

Sunlight doesn’t extend far into the structure, and little can be seen from the edge except the birds that fly in and out of its depths.

Over the centuries, stories have circulated of malign, supernatural figures known as jinns or genies living in the well.

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