The archaeological site of Babylon, used by coalition forces as a military base between 2003 and 2004, has sustained substantial damage, according to the final UNESCO report.
In view of Babylon's historical and archaeological significance, recent allegations of damage to the site during its military use were particularly serious, explains Mohamed Djelid, director of UNESCO's Office for Iraq. The report is key because it establishes a description of damages on which there is international agreement. Without pointing fingers, we now have a clear picture of the situation. It provides the starting-point for the major challenge of restoration and conservation.
According to UNESCO, the report evaluates the current condition of the site, compiling a number of national reports and recent inspections. The report details recommendations for the future protection and conservation of Babylon.
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