Tyre ruins threatened by sea level rise and erosion. (The Daily Star/Anton Mukhamedov)
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On particularly stormy days, waves washing over the coast of Tyre near the Roman archeological site almost reach above the wall erected in 2011 to protect the city's heritage. The Roman city of Tyre was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 . Earlier this month, a study of Mediterranean world heritage sites co-authored by Reimann and published in the journal Nature Communications ranked Tyre's site as having the highest risk of coastal erosion under current climatic conditions, in addition to "moderate" risk from extreme sea levels.Badawi agreed that Tyre has a lot to teach about the Phoenician empire's golden age, which spans the period from the 14th century to the third century B.C. He posited that the information available to historians comes mostly from outside of Phoenicia's historical center in Tyre.Badawi said the site was not well-maintained throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.In 1978, amid excavations of the historical remains, Israel invaded south Lebanon and subsequently made Tyre the site of its military base, halting the archeological site's rehabilitation for years.
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