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Destruction of Palmyra would be 'enormous loss to humanity:' UNESCO chief

The Syrian city of Palmyra is famed for its 2,000 year-old ruins and UNESCO has called for the immediate withdrawal of military forces from the ancient oasis cityThe destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra would be an “enormous loss to humanity”, the head of the organisation warned on Thursday after Islamic State fighters seized the ancient Syrian city. “Palmyra is an extraordinary World Heritage site in the desert and any destruction to Palmyra (would be) not just a war crime but … an enormous loss to humanity,” said Irina Bokova in a video published by the Paris-based group.

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