A recent uptick in violence and shelling in the cities of Bosra and Idleb has sparked widespread concern across the UN system for the safety of the cities’ inhabitants as well as their historical sites, including the Idleb, Maarrat al Numaan and Bosra Museums. “This heritage belongs to all Syrians and to all humanity,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) affirmed in a press release. “I call on all parties from using cultural heritage sites for military purposes and to protect them from any damage and destruction resulting from fighting.”Last weekend, Idleb, located in northwest Syria, reportedly fell under the control of a coalition of anti-Government armed groups, according to the UN Office for the High Commissioner (OHCHR). The city was subsequently shelled by Government airplanes, resulting in the deaths of at least 15 civilians. The Syrian Air Force then expanded its raids throughout the governorate of Idleb, attacking the towns of Sarmin, Mantaf and Nayrab.Ms. Bokova’s appeal comes as UNESCO launches its #Unite4Heritage social media campaign aimed at countering the propaganda of cultural cleansing in Syria, Iraq and other crisis-torn countries.“Areas around cultural heritage sites and museums should remain protected and be kept out of the conflict,” Ms. Bokova continued, adding her satisfaction for the recent freeze in hostilities at the World Heritage Site of Bosra. “The recent developments in Bosra are encouraging and commendable. We need to build on such initiatives to expand protected cultural areas.”Despite the international community’s ongoing attempts to halt the violence, the situation in Syria continues its downwards spiral. Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance.By conservative estimates, more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, but that number is likely much higher. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and the country has lost nearly four decades of human development, with unemployment at over 50 per cent. Life expectancy has been cut by 20 years.

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSFitness RoutinesHoliday Stress Previous articleOn this Day: Creator of Narnia diesNext articleWant to improve your neighborhood? Get organized Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR We are all busy during the holiday season, so it is common for people to fall out of their regular exercise and fitness routine. However, the stress that the holidays brings to most of us makes it a crucial time to stick with it. Here are 5 tips that can help you stay healthy and active during the holiday season:1. Get a Workout BuddyIt seems very simple and obvious, but having a steady workout partner is a very effective way to ensure that you are sticking to your fitness routine. A workout buddy will hold you accountable, so you may be more likely to keep it up. It is also a lot more fun to work out with someone else, so it may make exercising something you actually look forward to during the busy holiday season.Tip #1 – Get a workout buddy.2. Morning or Evening WorkoutsYou may already feel like you do not have enough time during the holidays to get everything done, but scheduling time either in the morning or evening to work out is a great way to make sure that you get your workouts in. Working out in the morning will give you an extra boost of energy so you can get through the rest of your day. If you work out in the evening, you can shake off all of the stress from the day and even sleep better. Waking up a little earlier or staying up a little later can be key to staying active during the holidays.3. Exercise with FamilySince holidays are a time to be around family, it can be the perfect time to get in some physical activities with your loved ones. Taking a nice long walk or going to the park are a couple of great ways to bond with your family while also getting in some light exercise. If it snows, get outside with your kids and relatives for a snowball fight or sledding. You’ll be surprised how many regular holiday activities can actually count as your workouts.Tip #3 – Exercise with family.4. Clean/Decorate Your HomeThe holidays are a great time to get in some deep cleaning in your home, and you can actually use it to your advantage. Decorating your home can also help you burn some extra calories because it causes you to walk up and down stairs, squat, and stand for longer periods of time than you normally would. You can kill two birds with one stone while you get your home ready for the holidays.5. Sign up for a Holiday RaceThere are dozens of holiday-themed marathons and fun runs during the holiday months, and signing up for one can help you get into a training mindset that will help you stay motivated during the holidays. Marathons are also a good way to bond with friends and family because you can train and run together. Also, the marathon itself will be a blast and leave you feeling healthy and energetic. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name herelast_img

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