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Kuwait values UNESCO adding Hebron to World Heritage List

Hebron Old Town.

KUWAIT: 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 today, 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

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