Iraqi city of Hatra inscribed on list of "World Heritage in Danger"

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The city of Hatra in Iraq has been inscribed on the list of World Heritage in Danger following damage inflicted to the property by armed groups, according to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

World Heritage Committee members voiced concern about the state of Iraqi heritage following acts of what they called "intentional destruction".

For the past several months, UNESCO has been expressing alarm over the destruction of museums, libraries and universities across Iraq.

Dianne Penn reports.

World Heritage Committee members declared their willingness to help Iraq as soon as the situation on the ground will allow them to do so.

They stressed that the listing Hatra was a way to rally the support of the international community for the country's heritage.

Hatra is a large fortified city which grew under the influence of the Parthian Empire and was the capital of the first Arab Kingdom.

The city withstood Roman invasions in 116 and 198 AD, reportedly thanks to its high, thick walls which are reinforced by towers.

It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1985.

Two other Iraqi sites are also considered to be in danger, Ashur and Samara Archaeological City.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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