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UNESCO names West Bank landscape endangered heritage

A Palestinian farmer tending to his land in the ancient West Bank town of Battir, south west of occupied Jerusalem July 5, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/Musa Al Shaer)

DOHA: UN cultural agency UNESCO granted Friday endangered World Heritage status to ancient terraces in the West Bank that are under threat from the Israeli separation barrier.

After an emergency nomination by Palestinian officials, UNESCO's annual World Heritage Committee gathering in Doha voted to grant the protected status to the agricultural community of Battir, which straddles the Green Line just south of occupied Jerusalem and where Israel plans to erect part of the barrier.

 

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