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Six Syrian Heritage Sites Placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger by UN

The World Heritage Committee placed six world heritage sites of Syria on endangered list in light of ongoing conflicts in the country.

Jun 21, 2013 12:24 IST
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Syria: The United Nations committee, World Heritage Committee placed six world heritage sites of Syria on endangered list in light of ongoing conflicts in the country. These conflicts are posing threat to the cultural heritage of Syria.

The six world heritage sites of Syria placed on the list of World Heritage in Danger are:

• The Ancient City of Damascus
• Site of Palmyra
• Ancient City of Bosra
• Ancient City of Aleppo
• Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din
• Ancient Villages of northern Syria

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its news release explained that danger listing aims at mobilising the support in order to safeguard these properties which are of universal value to humanity and are recognised by international community.

The Syrian conflicts began in March 2011 and since then various cultural sites in Syria have been destroyed. In these conflicts over 93000 people have been killed and 6.8 million people are left for humanitarian assistance. Apart from all this, around 1.5 million people fled to neighbouring countries for protection and safety.

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