UN force to protect culture

  • Travel Dejavu
    Travel Dejavu
    April 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm #8795

    The G7 group of rich nations committed on Friday to pursuing the creation of a UN peacekeeping force to protect world heritage sites from destruction in conflict and combatting the trafficking of plundered treasures.

    Destroying antiquities at heritage sites like the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and the shrines of Timbuktu in Mali has increasingly become a tactic of war for terror groups like the Islamic State, both to feed propaganda and profit from smuggling, the UN says.

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