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Israeli World Heritage site vandalized

Vandals have caused irreversible damage to Avdat, an ancient Nabatean city that dates back to the 3rd century B.C. The vandals sprayed black and yellow graffiti, destroyed signs, tipped over ancient stone pillars and destroyed a 1,700-year-old marble altar, spokesman Omri Gal said. Police are currently investigating the incident, Gal said. The

Tourists banned from world heritage site to protect ancient forest

Authorities have banned tourists from a key protection area of the renowned Mount Wuyi in China, in order to better preserve the environment. The official website of the World Heritage Committee describes Mount Wuyi as one of the largest, most representative examples of biodiversity conservation. It is a refuge for a