Italy appeals for UN force to protect heritage sites from Islamic State siege

23 Mar 2015 8:47 AM | Anonymous

Italy appeals for UN force to protect heritage sites from Islamic State siege

Italy has called for the formation of a UN military force to protect the world's heritage sites. The plea comes as Islamic State militants continue to plunder and destroy priceless cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria.

Many could only watch in horror as militants from the terror group destroyed and looted a number of ancient sites in northern Iraq, including the 13th-century Assyrian city of Nimrud, the ancient ruins at Hatra (pictured above) and Khorsabad. The group also released propaganda videos showing its fighters smashing priceless artifacts at the central museum in Mosul, which housed relics dating back to the 7th century B.C.

http://www.dw.de/italy-appeals-for-un-force-to-protect-heritage-sites-from-islamic-state-siege/a-18331370