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UNESCO Adds Six Syria Sites To Endangered World Heritage List


A Syrian rebel takes a position at the Crac des Chevaliers near the village of Azzara on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Homs.

A Syrian rebel takes a position at the Crac des Chevaliers near the village of Azzara on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Homs.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added six historical locations in Syria to its list of endangered World Heritage sites, warning that more than two years of civil war has inflicted heavy damage.

The decision by UNESCO came at its annual meeting on June 20 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The endangered sites include the ancient cities of Damascus, Bosra, and Aleppo, the oasis of Palmyra, and the castles of Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din, which count as one site.

Also included as one site were the ancient villages in northern Syria.

UNESCO spokesman Roni Amelan says the decision was meant to rally support for the protection of the sites.

Based on reporting by AFP, BBC, and ITAR-TASS
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