Historical sites in Syria are being looted 'on an industrial scale'

17 Sep 2015 2:07 PM | Anonymous

Historical sites in Syria are being looted 'on an industrial scale'

Irina Bokova, head of Unesco, calls on the international community to counter Isis’s ‘propaganda for cultural cleansing’

Agence France-Presse

Archaeological sites in Syria are being looted “on an industrial scale” and the proceeds from the plunder are funding Islamic State extremists, the head of Unesco has warned.

“Satellite imagery shows that archaeological sites in Syria are dotted by thousands of illegal excavations … that show there is looting on an industrial scale,” Irina Bokova said in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Limiting the trafficking in cultural property is a top priority because it finances the actions of the extremists,” she told a conference on combating the looting of Syria’s cultural heritage. 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/16/historical-sites-in-syria-are-being-looted-on-an-industrial-scale

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