Other historic structures and ancient monuments have been deliberately knocked down by explosives and crushed by tanks.
The archaeological sites, ancient monasteries, mosques and historic monuments of Eritrea, as with all cultural resources are the common heritage to all humankind.
The Ethiopian invasions conducted on the southern and the western parts of Eritrea have destroyed many places of natural and cultural heritage in the country.
Among the natural heritage, huge and ancient sycamore trees have been cut down for fuel and other purposes.
The sycamore tree is sacred and symbolic in Eritrea, because the old customary written laws were made under such trees.
It is about the size of the state of Mississippi, roughly 120,000 square kilometers.
Hebron is located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and in response Israel has reduced its United Nations funding.
The official recognition of the United Nations for a World Heritage Site is based on its historical, cultural, or other significance, and gives these sites protection through international treaties.
The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee is underway through tomorrow in Krakow, with numerous new UNESCO World Heritage Sites announced.
New listings this year have not been without controversy, with the designation of the Old City of Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage site drawing swift criticism from Israel.