UN: Islamic State Destruction of Heritage Sites a War Crime

29 Jun 2015 1:11 PM | Anonymous

UN: Islamic State Destruction of Heritage Sites a War Crime

BERLIN — Jun 29, 2015, 11:14 AM ET

By DAVID RISING Associated Press

The U.N.'s cultural agency said Monday the destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by the Islamic State and other extremist groups could amount to war crimes.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Bonn, noted the Islamic State's destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq and expressed "deep concern" about the Syrian archaeological gem of Palmyra, which the group captured in May. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

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