Destruction at Palmyra site 'perverse' attempt to deny Syrian people their heritage, UNESCO chief warns

06 Jul 2015 8:14 AM | Anonymous

Destruction at Palmyra site 'perverse' attempt to deny Syrian people their heritage, UNESCO chief warns

3 July 2015 – Condemning the destruction of archaeological treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as a “perverse…new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on the international community, including the art market, to join forces and stop the traffic in cultural property.

"The ongoing destruction of Palmyra's cultural artifacts reflects the brutality and ignorance of extremist groups and their disregard of local communities and the Syrian people," decaled UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, strongly condemning this new assault on Palmyra, a World Heritage Site, particularly funerary busts and the renowned Lion statue of Athena from the entrance of the site's museum. 

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