Nations set to approve heritage protection fund

Palmyra 03/12/2016 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Representatives of around 40 countries are expected to approve on Saturday establishing a fund to protect heritage sites in conflict-ravaged areas and a network of safe havens for endangered artworks. From Syria to Mali, Afghanistan to Iraq, Islamist militants have targeted priceless cultural heritage sites that they deem un-Islamic. The world watched in dismay as Islamic State group extremists systematically destroyed monuments in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra which they seized in 2015. In Iraq, videos showed IS group using bulldozers and explosives to destroy Nimrud, a jewel of the Assyrian empire south of Mosul, and ransacking pre-Islamic treasures in Mosul’s museum…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/251245/World/Region/Nations-set-to-approve-heritage-protection-fund.aspx

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