IS Threat to Sabratha UNESCO Site

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) have reportedly taken over the ancient Roman city of Sabratha in western Libya.

Libyan news sources said the radical Islamist group took over the coastal city of about 100,000 people, and the ruins of the second and third century Roman city, which UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage site in 1982.

The group has already destroyed archaeological sites such as Palmyra in Syria.

Libya Herald, however, reported that it wasn’t clear whether the troops that entered the archaeological site were Islamic State or Ansar al-Sharia.

(Sources: The Times of Israel, The Telegraph)

(Picture: UNESCO)

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