Cultural sites in the Middle East face "unprecedented" destruction

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A statue of a lamassu, an Assyrian protective deity, at the North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal in Nimrud, Iraq. Photo: UNESCO

Cultural sites in war-torn areas of the Middle East have been facing an "unprecedented" level of destruction, according to a representative from the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Karim Hendili is the Program Specialist for the Arab States Unit at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre.

Apart from the destruction caused by conflicts, he said, many cultural artifacts in countries like Syria and Iraq have been stolen and traded illegally.

May Yaacoub asked Mr Hendili about the measures UNESCO is taking to protect heritage sites.

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