Destruction of cultural site would be "enormous loss to humanity"

The Syrian archaeological site of Palmyra. Photo: ©UNESCO/F. Bandarin

The destruction of a cultural site in Syria would be a war crime and an enormous loss to humanity if it goes ahead, the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO has warned.

Fighters of the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Da'esh, have entered the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra in central Syria.

The militants have previously demolished ancient sites in Iraq.

Neil Ford asked the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova for her reaction to the arrival of ISIL at Palmyra.

Duration: 3’15″

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