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UNESCO to consider inscription of Old City of Hebron on World Heritage List

Paris (IINA) � The Old City of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is among sites hoping to gain protection status from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) when it meets in Poland from today.

The World Heritage Committee will assess the nomination of 34 sites for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 41st session, scheduled to be held in the Polish city of Karkow from July 2 to 12.

Seven natural sites, 26 cultural sites and one mixed (i.e. both natural and cultural) could be added to the 1,052 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. The committee will also review the state of conservation of 99 World Heritage sites and of 55 sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger during the session.

Inscription on the World Heritage List is a source of national pride and would increase the number of tourists and facilitate access to financial assistance.

After UNESCO’s resolutions on Jerusalem, the World Heritage Committee will consider another case submitted by the State of Palestine regarding the inscription of the Old City of Hebron, which houses the Ibrahimi Mosque, on the World Heritage List.

Mechtild RAlssler, director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, said she hoped there will not be a controversy over the Hebron site. I hope it will be a debate about substance. This committee is not about politics, she said in a briefing before the meeting.

In terms of world heritage, decisions are technical and the goal is to preserve a heritage of exceptional importance, she added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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