UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has placed the five World Heritage sites of Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses.
The five sites are:
- Archaeological Site of Cyrene (pictured);
- Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna;
- Archaeological Site of Sabratha;
- Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus; and,
- the Old Town of Ghadamès.
The Committee noted the high level of instability affecting the country and the fact that armed groups are present on these sites or in their immediate surroundings. It invoked the damage already incurred and the serious threat of further damage to explain the decision.
The Committee took this decision during its examination of the state of conservation of sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which properties were inscribed on the World Heritage List and rally the support of the international community for their protection.
(Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre)