Archaeological pieces stolen by terrorists in Syria recovered

DAMASCUS, Mar. 01 (MNA) – Syrian authorities have seized some valuable archaeological pieces in Hasaka province, 710 kilometers north-eastern Damascus, according to information released Monday.

The Director-General of the Antiquities and Museums Directorate, Maamoun Abdul-Karim, said that the seized antiquities include a number of pottery vessels and ancient pieces used as samples taken from Mohammed Diyab archaeological site in al- Qahtaniyeh area in Qamishli Countryside.

Karim noted that the pieces have been stolen from different archaeological sites during the presence of the ISIL terrorists in the area, adding that popular figures in the city, in coordination with Antiquities Department, helped protect an archaeological cemetery which has been uncovered recently.

The Director-General added that 1043 archaeological sites in north-east Syria are now secure and safe from illegal excavation works, vandalism acts and thefts carried out by antiquity gangs.

In 2015, Antiquities and Museums Directorate announced restoring more than 6000 archaeological pieces stolen by terrorist groups.

 

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