UNESCO chief decries damage to World Heritage sites in Syria

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Ancient City of Aleppo, Syria. [Photo:UNESCO/ Ron Van Oers]

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for an immediate end to the destruction of heritage sites in Syria.

In a statement on Tuesday, Irina Bokova expresses deep shock following reports of damage to two castles which she says are examples of architecture developed during the 11th and 13th centuries.

The Crac des Chevaliers are among six sites in Syria that recently were inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

Bokova says this demonstrates the international community's serious concern about threats to the country's heritage during the current crisis.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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