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ISIS militants are reported to have destroyed the shrine of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) east of the city of Mosul in July 2014. Jonah is believed to be buried in Mosul and his tomb, which is also a mosque, is considered to be one of the few historic mosques on the eastern side of the city.
U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield Statement on Iraq.
17 June 2014
Ancient History, Modern Destruction: Assessing the Current Status of Syria’s World Heritage Sites Using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery. 18 September 2014. A report on this project was presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of USCBS.
Blue Shield Second statement on Syria. 7 April 2012
Blue Shield statement on Syria. 17 May 2011
During the 2011 Libyan Revolution a number of archaeological and cultural heritage sites suffered from looting. Most noteworthy was the theft of the Benghazi Treasure, a collection of 7700 gold, silver and bronze coins, jewelry and statuettes, from the main branch of Libya's commercial bank in Benghazi.
For reports of the joint Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) and International Military Cultural Resources Work Group (IMCuRWG) Mission to Libya, with links to photo documentation see:
USCBS statement on Libya. "Protection of Important Libyan (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) Cultural Heritage Sites." 21 March 2011
Blue Shield statement on Libya. 14 March 2011
Statement on Current Affairs in Egypt.
6 February 2014
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova calls for mobilization of experts and civil society partners to safeguard heritage in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring. The call for action was made at an emergency meeting of expert groups and individuals working in this domain, which was held at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters on the evening of 15 March 2011.
UNESCO mobilizes experts and civil society partners to safeguard heritage in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya »
Karl von Habsburg, President of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield and member of Blue Shield Austria, was a member of an assessment mission to Egypt. Read the report and view photos:
"Civil-Military Assessment Mission for Egyptian Heritage." 12–16 February 2011
Blue Shield statement on Egypt. 31 January 2011
At left is a manuscript in the Ahmed Baba Institute, the most important of more than 20 libraries in Timbuktu.
Malian and international experts completed the first assessment of damage to cultural heritage in Gao, following the occupation by armed groups of parts of northern Mali. Their work addressed both sites and cultural practices of local people.
“First mission to Gao since end of military occupation of northern Mali takes stock of serious damage to the city’s cultural heritage,” with photo gallery. 13 February 2014
In January 2014, a small Blue Shield team, including ANCBS president Karl von Habsburg, went to Mali for a week-long mission to evaluate the current situation of Cultural Heritage (including monuments, archaeological and historical sites and archives) in Northern Mali after the recent armed conflict.
"Mission Report. Civil-Military Assessment Mission for Malian Heritage". 13-19 January 2014.