UNESCO head calls for immediate halt to destruction of Sufi sites in Libya

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A lone protester holds up a placard condemning the destruction of a Sufi shrine in Tripoli as he approaches the site of the demolition. Photo: UNSMIL/I. Athanasiadis

The destruction of Sufi religious sites in Libya must stop immediately, says the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Irina Bokova on Tuesday expressed her grave concern about the desecration of Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli.

Gerry Adams reports.

According to reports, ultra conservative Islamists recently damaged major Sufi shrines and libraries in the town of Zliten, the city of Misrata and the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Sufis follow a branch of Islam known for its moderation.

Irina Bokova says that destroying places of religious and cultural significance cannot be tolerated.

She is urging the authorities and society at large in Libya to protect cultural heritage and sites of religious significance for future generations.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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