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$75 million pledged to protect heritage sites in war zones

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/20/2017
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 file photo, a stone tablet with cuneiform writing in the foreground as UNESCO's Iraq representative Louise Haxthausen documents the damage wreaked by the Islamic State group at the ancient site of Nimrud, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 file photo, a stone tablet with cuneiform writing in the foreground as UNESCO's Iraq representative Louise Haxthausen documents the damage wreaked by the Islamic State group at the ancient site of Nimrud, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

PARIS (AP) — World donors have pledged more than $75 million dollars to protect endangered world heritage in conflict zones.

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech as he participates in the International Donors' Conference for the Protection of Heritage in Armed Conflict at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Monday, March 20, 2017. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State militants. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech as he participates in the International Donors' Conference for the Protection of Heritage in Armed Conflict at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Monday, March 20, 2017. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State militants. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)

French President Francois Hollande, speaking Monday at a donors' conference in the Louvre Museum, said that the goal for the heritage fund is $100 million and urged other countries around the world to contribute.

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, restorer Antonio Iaccarino Idelson shows a computer-rendered, 3D print-generated replica of a missing part of a limestone male bust, dated between the 2nd and the 3rd century A.D. that was damaged during the Islamic State occupation of the Syrian city of Palmyra, in Rome. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered on Monday March 20, 201, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, restorer Antonio Iaccarino Idelson shows a computer-rendered, 3D print-generated replica of a missing part of a limestone male bust, dated between the 2nd and the 3rd century A.D. that was damaged during the Islamic State occupation of the Syrian city of Palmyra, in Rome. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered on Monday March 20, 201, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

France is pledging $30 million for the fund and Saudi Arabia is committing $20 million, according to the French Culture Ministry. The United Arab Emirates have promised $15 million, Kuwait $5 million, Luxembourg $3 million, Morocco $1.5 million and philanthropist Thomas Kaplan pledged $1 million.

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 file photo, Iraqi federal police inspect the inside of Mosul's heavily damaged museum in western Mosul, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors, who gathered on Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 file photo, Iraqi federal police inspect the inside of Mosul's heavily damaged museum in western Mosul, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors, who gathered on Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Switzerland pledged further money in administrative and legal support, and will host the fund in Geneva. Italy said it would provide military personnel and conservation experts.

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi federal policeman inspects the inside of Mosul's heavily damaged museum, in western Mosul, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered on Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi federal policeman inspects the inside of Mosul's heavily damaged museum, in western Mosul, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered on Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
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