UNESCO adds five Libyan sites to ‘List of World Heritage in Danger’

ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 14 (UPI) — UNESCO on Thursday placed locations sites in Libya on its list of world heritage sites in danger, blaming armed groups for inflicting damage.

The World Heritage Committee, which meets annually and is currently convened in Istanbul, named the archaeological sites of Cyrene, Leptis Magna and Sabratha, the rock-art sites of Tadrart Acacus, and the old town of Ghadames to the list.

The list now includes 54 locations around the world.

UNESCO said damage as already been done by armed groups in the country at or near the sites and says political instability further puts the locations in danger. The committee called on the international community for their protection.

Libya currently has two governments, each claiming to represent the country, as well as numerous armed insurgent groups with varying affiliations to al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other organizations.

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