Isis vandalism has Libya fearing for its cultural treasures

09 Mar 2015 8:44 AM | Anonymous

Isis vandalism has Libya fearing for its cultural treasures  

With five World Heritage sites and historical remains stretching back to before Roman times, archaeologists worry a unique legacy may be lost

Patrick Kingsley

The Libyan capital of Tripoli lies more than 1,700 miles from the ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud. But for Mustafa Turjman, head of archaeological research at the University of Tripoli, the reported destruction of Nimrud’s ruins last week by the bulldozers of Islamic State (Isis) must have seemed rather closer to home.

For Libya, like Iraq, is home to a prized array of temples, tombs, mosques and churches, including five Unesco world heritage sites. And Libya, like Iraq, is racked by a complex civil war in which Isis plays a key role. 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/07/isis-destroy-libya-cultural-treasures
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