Syrian authorities confiscate 6,000 looted antiquities

A still from a video posted on a social media account affiliated with ISIS shows a militant using a power tool to destroy a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity at the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. AP Photo via militant social media account
A still from a video posted on a social media account affiliated with ISIS shows a militant using a power tool to destroy a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity at the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. AP Photo via militant social media account

Syria’s state news agency quotes an archaeology official as saying that authorities have confiscated and reclaimed 6,000 looted antiquities trafficked by smugglers outside the country.

The head of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums, Ahmad Deeb, said Friday that the materials include 69 antiquities and eight mosaics that were retrieved from Lebanon.

Thousands of antiquities have been looted or smuggled outsideSyria since its crisis began in March 2011.

In December, UNESCO called on the United Nations to curb multi-billion dollar artifact trafficking from Syria and Iraq, where ISISfighters destroyed archaeological sites.

Deeb said Friday that authorities have closed some museums after taking antiquities to safe areas for fear they might be looted or destroyed.

Source: TDA

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