UN in plea to stop Islamic State's 'industrial scale' looting

02 Jul 2015 1:18 PM | Anonymous

UN in plea to stop Islamic State's 'industrial scale' looting

Published: 02 July 2015

The United Nations today appealed to security experts in London to help stem the flow of stolen antiquities from Syria and Iraq, warning that treasures were being sold on an “industrial scale” to fund Islamic State terrorism.

Irena Bokova, the head of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, said “huge volumes” of antiquities worth millions were being stripped from historic sites, adding that protection of the sites was a “security imperative” as their destruction by IS extremists reached “unprecedented” levels.



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