UNESCO chief ‘deeply concerned’ about Palmyra, urges ceasefire
The head of UNESCO said on Wednesday she was "deeply concerned" about fighting in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra and called for an "immediate" end to hostilities. Irina Bokova said in a statement that the fighting was "putting at risk one of the most significant sites in the Middle East," as Islamic State fighters overran the north of the city. Palmyra's UNESCO-listed heritage site, including ancient temples and colonnaded streets, and its adjacent museum housing priceless artefacts, are in the city's southwest.
20 May, 2015 Syria’s Palmyra in peril after IS overruns most of city Islamic State group fighters overran most of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, in a blow to efforts to repel the advancing jihadists after the fall of Iraq's Ramadi. The jihadists, notorious for demolishing archaeological treasures since declaring a "caliphate" last year straddling […]
20 January, 2017 Syria’s ancient Palmyra: five things to know Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, where archaeological treasures are under renewed attack by Islamic State group jihadists, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980. IS jihadists first seized Palmyra in May 2015 and began to systematically destroy the central city's monuments. […]
27 March, 2016 Syria forces retake ancient Palmyra in major victory over IS Syrian troops recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group on Sunday and pledged to build on the win with an advance against other jihadist strongholds. The army said pro-government forces had cleared IS fighters from the UNESCO world heritage site, where the […]
28 May, 2015 UN nations agree to action to save Iraqi cultural sites UN member-states on Thursday declared that the destruction by jihadists of Iraqi cultural sites may amount to war crimes and agreed to take steps to curb the trade of stolen ancient artifacts. The General Assembly adopted a resolution on saving Iraq's cultural sites as international […]
13 May, 2015 UN, Arab officials seek to counter jihadist threat to monuments UN and Arab officials Wednesday called for global efforts to combat the "unprecedented" destruction of heritage sites in the Middle East, accusing jihadist groups of selling stolen antiquities to fund their wars. At the start of a two-day conference seeking ways to combat destruction of […]