UN body calls for saving Iraq heritage sites

UN's World Heritage body UNESCO fears the listed sites might get damaged in the ongoing fighting.

    The UN's World Heritage body UNESCO has called Iraqis to unite behind their heritage as fears mount that protected sites may get damaged as Sunni rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fight for control in northern Iraq.

    The appeal comes as members are holding 38th annual world heritage conference in Qatar, with endangered historical sites high on the agenda.

    The northern Iraqi city of Erbil is one of up to 36 new places being considered for protection under UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

    Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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