During a vote in Riyadh on Sunday, the ancient ruins of Jericho in the West Bank were announced as an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2010, Jericho celebrated its distinction as the world's oldest walled city, with roots dating back to the modern Stone Age. and this past Sunday, the United Nations World Heritage Committee officially designated the Tell es-Sultan archaeological site in Jericho as a "World Heritage Site."
Jericho, recognized as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, is nestled in the West Bank between the Jordan River to the east and Jerusalem to the west, with ancient ruins that trace back to the ninth millennium BCE.
The decision has been met with appreciation by the Palestinian Authority Foreign Affairs Ministry, which hailed it as a recognition of Jericho's profound cultural, economic, and political importance as well as a testament to over 10,000 years of human progress.