Despite destruction, cultural treasures can rise again: UNESCO

A damaged museum in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNESCO/Prof. Abdulkarim

Despite the destruction of yet another priceless heritage site in Iraq, cultural sites can be restored in the post-conflict era.

That's the view of the UN Cultural agency's emergency preparedness and response unit chief, Giovanni Boccardi.

The senior UNESCO official was responding to satellite images released on Tuesday, showing the total destruction of the 1400-year-old Christian monastery of St Elijah, in Mosul, an area controlled by the terrorist group, ISIL.

Most of the world heritage site of Palmyra, in Syria, was destroyed by ISIL militants last year.

Matthew Wells spoke to Mr Boccardi, and asked him to describe what could be seen in the images of St Elijah's monastery.

Duration: 3'02"

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