War in the Arab World Has Devastated the Region's Heritage

(Economist-UK) According to the UN, half of the old city of Mosul, in Iraq, and a third of the old city of Aleppo, in Syria, are rubble. Hundreds of minarets, monasteries and monuments have been toppled. Of the world's 38 endangered cultural-heritage sites, 22 are in the Middle East, says UNESCO. "It's Europe after the second world war," says Michael Danti of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) at the University of Pennsylvania, which tracks the destruction. The jihadists of Islamic State have filmed themselves razing ancient temples, churches and mosques.

2017-08-18 00:00:00

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