Developers start to wreck UNESCO World Heritage site

Areas of the necropolis have been lost forever (Photo: With thanks to France 24)

Areas of the necropolis have been lost forever (Photo: With thanks to France 24)

Tripoli, 25 August 2013:

Libyan property speculators are sacrificing a two thousand year old necropolis at Cyrene to make way for new building development.

Cyrene’s ten-square-kilometre necropolis has been badly damaged by local residents claiming ownership of the land. Despite it being one of the country’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites, local farmers have reportedly brought in excavators and diggers to clear and flatten those areas they plan to sell to developers for future building projects.

Plans for the 500-square-metre plots are understood to include houses and shops.

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Another world heritage site is destroyed due to incompetence of a new “democratic” government in Libya.