Palmyra's Monumental Arch, built in the 3rd century during the reign of emperor Septimius Severus, were destroyed by Daesh in 2015. Wikicommons
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More must be done to prevent the destruction of cultural property during conflicts, from museums to libraries, in order to preserve communities, artists and academics told a weekend symposium called "Culture Under Attack". From the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra partly destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) militants in 2015 to the Bamiyan Buddha statues blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, cultural sites were often a casualty, the event at the United Kingdom's Imperial War Museum was reminded.Better military planning and training of troops could prevent cultural property damage, looting and vandalism during fighting, said academic Peter Stone, the first ever UNESCO chair for cultural property protection and peace.He said the British army recently established a cultural property protection unit and that interest in safeguarding property during war was being shown by NATO as well as Italy and Austria.
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