Syria's cultural heritage being looted, destroyed: UNESCO

30 Aug 2013 7:54 AM | Anonymous

Syria's cultural heritage being looted, destroyed: UNESCO

Thu, Aug 29 2013

PARIS (Reuters) - As the world argues over how to prevent more civilian deaths in Syria, UNESCO warned on Thursday that a rich cultural heritage was being devastated by the conflict now in its third year.

Clashes have damaged historical sites and buildings throughout the country, from Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque to the Crac des Chevaliers castle dating from the 13th century Crusades.

But the most irreversible damage comes from the illegal looting of artefacts from archaeological sites for export, said the U.N. cultural arm's assistant director-general for culture, Francesco Bandarin.

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