What We Owe the People of Syria
- Published: Friday, 03 June 2016 16:36
The Huffington Post (Blog) from 03.06.2016 - Author: Irina Bokova
Never in recent history has the heritage of humanity known such devastation as now in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic. The deliberate destruction of the heritage is a war crime — it has become a tactic of war and propaganda.
In Syria, two-thirds of the Ancient City of Aleppo has been bombed out and burnt down. The sites of Dura-Europos and Apamea are being dismantled by industrial-scale trafficking in cultural property.
Archaeological sites are caught in the crossfire between land troops and air forces and used as military bases. Palmyra, inadequately protected for years, experienced absolute horror for over one year.