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IRAQ - SYRIA
Unesco: Islamic State most brutal destruction since Second World War
Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN, decries the "Caliphate" is engaged in the “most brutal, systematic" destruction of historic monuments recent decades. Urgent call to stop trafficking of artifacts, among the jihadists main sources of income. A "priority" for all.
Syria: Islamic State takes Palmyra, Unesco heritage site at risk
The militiamen control the "totality" of the ancient city as government soldiers flee. Half of Syrian territory is in the hands of the jihadist group. Mass evacuation of citizens, in some places there are still "violent clashes". Archaeologists and activists call for the intervention of the US-led coalition. Now the IS points to the gas fields of Deir al-Zour.
05/05/2016 18:48:00 RUSSIA – SYRIA
Moscow holds liberation concert in Palmyra, UNESCO world heritage site
Valery Gergiev and the Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre perform in the liberated city. A Putin supporter, conductor played in other warzones. Concert was broadcast in Russia. For analysists, Moscow wants to showcase its contribution to Syria’s renaissance.
17/06/2017 17:56:00 IRAQ
Christians and Muslims to rebuild Mosul university library after destructions by the Islamic State
Professors, students, intellectuals and private donors, in Iraq and abroad, are contributing with books and donations. The initiative began three months ago, when the eastern sector of the city was freed. The university president bemoans the destruction, almost 100 per cent loss. The library held thousands of rare books inside. So far 6,000 books have been collected so far.
16/11/2016 14:12:00 SYRIA
Idlib, children kidnapped for organ trafficking is the new jihadi business
After archaeological items and oil, Syria’s extremists are getting rich with organ trafficking. Several cases of missing children in the villages of Idlib province have been reported. The children are moved across the border into Turkey. Turkish media had reported the problem in the past before they were censored by Erdogan.
07/12/2016 11:37:00 UAE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: Save Iraq's cultural heritage threatened by war
In Abu Dhabi the international conference dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict areas. The goal is to collect 100 million to finance projects and initiatives. Unesco: Protection of heritage as "global strategy against hatred and extremism." Mar Sako: "Urgent need for decisive action by the international community" in cooperation with the Iraqi government.
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