UNESCO urges forces in Mali to protect heritage sites

17 Jan 2013 8:29 AM | Anonymous

UNESCO urges forces in Mali to protect heritage sites

UN cultural agency UNESCO on Tuesday urged Malian and French forces fighting in Mali to protect ancient cultural sites during air raids and ground attacks.

"I ask all armed forces to make every effort to protect the cultural heritage of the country, which has already been severely damaged," UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said in a statement.

French warplanes have been hitting targets in various parts of the country since Friday in support of Malian forces seeking to dislodge Islamist rebels who last year seized control of its vast desert north.

The rebels have since fled three key cities in the north, including Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site at a desert crossroads that was an ancient centre of learning.

http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/french-news/unesco-urges-forces-in-mali-to-protect-heritage-sites_255551.html

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