Historic sites in Syria have been damaged by bombings and vandalism, with numerous artifacts stolen to be sold. The Syrian Cultural Heritage Protection Centre has been set up in Idlib to document violations and protect sites.

File photo shows Syrian regime forces driving past the Arch of Triumph in the historic city of Palmyra in Syria.
File photo shows Syrian regime forces driving past the Arch of Triumph in the historic city of Palmyra in Syria. ( Reuters )

UNESCO is scheduled to take up the issue of cultural cleansing and preventing violent extremism on Monday. 

This is especially relevant in Syria. Where historic sites have been damaged by bombings and vandalism, with numerous artifacts stolen to be sold. 

In Idlib, activists have set up the Syrian Cultural Heritage Protection Centre, which tries its best to document violations and protect sites. 

TRT World's Abubakr al Shamahi has more. 

Source: TRTWorld and agencies