United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon stretches his hand out during an International Women's Day event at the U.N. headquarters in New York, March 7, 2014.(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
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The United Nations on Wednesday appealed to warring factions in Syria's bloody civil war to protect the country's cultural heritage, warning of widespread looting and damage at historical sites caught up in the conflict.The officials condemned the use of historical sites for military uses, including four World Heritage Sites -- Palmyra, Crac des Chevaliers, the Saint Simeon Church in the ancient villages of Northern Syria and Aleppo, including the Aleppo Citadel.The UN urged any art dealers or tourists who come across Syrian artifacts to be cautious.
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