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Kuwait welcomes declaring Al Khalil's Old City heritage site

July 8, 2017 5:05 AM
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Kuwait welcomes declaring Al Khalil's Old City heritage site

Kuwait, July 8 (BNA): Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) has welcomed the decision by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to declare the Old City of Al Khalil (Hebron) a protected heritage site and to add it to the World Heritage List.

The old city has now become an internationally protected heritage site that enjoys an exceptional global value. The historic Ibrahimi mosque, named after Prophet Ibrahim, is still situated in the heart of the city, NCCAL Secretariat General said in a statement, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

The city also well-known for its unique ancient sites and several vintage industrial, and agricultural occupations, it said, stressing the importance of listing Al Khalil as an endangered world heritage site.

In the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Poland, the UNESCO voted 12 to three, with six abstentions and added the site of Al Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Old Town in Al-Khalil, in the West Bank, is the fourth Palestinian cultural site to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The first three were Old Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Pilgrims’ Path.


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