Kuwait val­ues UNESCO adding He­bron to World Her­itage List

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL) has val­ued the de­ci­sion of the UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific, and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) to declare the He­bron Old Town as an en­dan­gered world her­itage site, and adding it to the World Her­itage List.

The old city has now be­come an internationally pro­tected her­itage site that en­joys an ex­cep­tional global value where the his­toric Ibrahimi mosque, named af­ter Prophet Ibrahim, is still sit­u­ated in the heart of the city, NCCAL Sec­re­tariat Gen­eral said in a state­ment. The city also well-known for its unique an­cient sites and sev­eral vin­tage in­dus­trial, and agri­cul­tural oc­cu­pa­tions, it said, stress­ing the im­por­tance of list­ing He­bron as an en­dan­gered world her­itage site.

In the 41st ses­sion of the World Her­itage Com­mit­tee, held in Poland yes­ter­day, the UNESCO voted 12 to three, with six ab­sten­tions, in which the Com­mit­tee si­mul­ta­ne­ously added the site of He­bron to the List of World Her­itage in Dan­ger. The Old Town in He­bron, which is in the West Bank, is the fourth Pales­tinian cul­tural site to be in­cluded in UNESCO’s World Her­itage List. The first three were the Old Jerusalem, Beth­le­hem and Pil­grims path. —KUNA

He­bron Old Town.

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