Israel has blocked a planned visit by Paris-based UN cultural body Unesco to Jerusalem’s Old City in what it termed a protest at Palestinian action.
The Palestinian village of Battir sits between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on the 1949 Armistice Line and includes ancient agricultural features and aqueducts built into the surrounding hillside.
Residents of a historic Palestinian village are fighting Israel's plan to extend its separation wall across its land, threatening ancient agricultural remains.
11 of Timbuktu’s 16 mausoleums have been demolished and up to 3000 priceless manuscripts have been destroyed, since islamists took control of northern Mali in 2012.
The Director General of the UN cultural body, Unesco, says the organisation is facing its worst ever financial crisis.
The head of Unesco says that the organisation be financially “crippled”, following the decision to allow Palestine to become a member.
At the Paris-based United Nations cultural body, Unesco a controversial science prize was awarded to three scientists on Tuesday.
RFI’s Moussa Kaka is among the first journalists with an international media organization to report from Timbuktu since it fell to Islamist fighters last week.
Timbuktu is a ghost town, the first international journalist to enter the city since it was taken over by the Islamist militia Ansar Dine reports.
Islamist rebels occupying Timbuktu in northern Mali have vowed to smash every mausoleum in the ancient city... Seven mausoleums have been reportedly been destroyed this weekend.