In recent days, and following fighting in Damascus and Aleppo, the conflict in Syria has reached an © Lazhar Neftien / Flickrunprecedented level. On 27 July 2012, the UN Human Rights Chief expressed particular concern about the likelihood of an “imminent major confrontation in Syria's second largest city Aleppo.” 

On thGwenaelle Bourdin, ICOMOS Secretariat,; Michel-Cotte, ICOMOS advisore occasion of the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee, gathered in Saint Petersburg, we are pleased to inform you that Michel Cotte, professor and ICOMOS advisor, was awarded the F.G.W. Struve medal by the Scientific Committee of the Pulkovo Observatory and the Russian Academy of Sciences

2 July 2012

On Saturday 30 June 2012 information was received and verified about the destruction of the Sidi Mahmoud, Sidi Moctar and Alpha Moya Mausoleums , three of the 16 mausoleums that form part of the World Heritage property of Timbuktu in Mali. News of further destruction of mausoleums was received on Sunday, 1 July and Monday, 2 July 2012. 

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