UN says destruction of Mideast historical sites ‘war crime’

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria attends the opening of a conference titled, "Cultural Property under Threat," in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Bokova said the destruction and looting of archaeological sites in the Middle East must be condemned as a "war crime." The two-day conference is being held in response to the destruction of ancient temples and artifacts in Iraq by the extremist Islamic State group as well as the looting and smuggling of antiquities in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CAIRO (AP) — The chief of the U.N.'s education and culture agency launched a dramatic appeal in Cairo on Wednesday, saying that the destruction and looting of archaeological sites in the Middle East — such as the rampage perpetrated by the Islamic Sate group in Iraq — should be condemned as a "war crime."


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