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Plan to reconstruct damaged monuments in Homs

Directorate of Antiquities in Homs has drawn up a plan for rehabilitating archaeological sites damaged by armed terrorist organizations in the city.

The plan was submitted to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Damascus in order to study it, Director of Antiquities Directorate in Homs Eng. Husam Hamish told Syrian Arab News Agency’s reporter on Tuesday.

Last year, the DGAM carried out several emergency works in some archeological sites in the city of Homs to prevent their collapse.

There are 10.000 archeological sites in Syria, 300 of them have been damaged since the start of the terrorist war on Syria, DGAM's Director-General Maamoun Abdulkarim told the French Le Figaro newspaper last year.

Since 2011, Syria has faced a foreign-backed terror war targeting its army, people, civilization and infrastructures.

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Senior German Archaeologist Urges International Community to Protect Palmyra's Ancient Sites from Terrorists

Senior German archaeologist has urged international community to work on protecting civilized heritage of Palmyra [Tadmor city] and preserving its cultural identity from terrorists.

Professor. Andreas Schmidt-Colinet, who worked as head of the Syrian-German archaeological mission for decades, told the Austrian Profil Magazine that Palmyra has important geographical and historical position besides its ancient sites.

He strongly condemned the international community's inability to protect the historic sites in the city from ISIS terrorists, expressing regret over dereliction of the duty of the UN Security Council, United Nations and UNESCO  in protecting Palmyra's world heritage and in supporting the rehabilitation of sites damaged by terrorists.

'Save Syria's Heritage' exhibition in Chile

Photos showing scale of the damage done by terrorist organizations to historic sites in Syria have been featured in an exhibition kicked off on November 23 in Santiago city in Chile under the banner 'Save Syria's Heritage'.

The exhibition , which will last till December 8th, sheds light on history, culture and civilization of Syria that terrorist organizations and their supporters tried to erase, according to the official news agency (SANA).

The agency clarified that the photos will be shown in honorary consulatesin several Chilean cities.

Syrian, German Archaeologists to Discuss Maaloula History

Several Syrian and German archaeologists and researchers will discuss Maaloula city’s history during a scientific conference to be held Monday in the University of Tübingen in Germany.

The discussion will focus on the history of Maaloula, its spiritual and historical significance and the importance of the Aramaic language which the city’s people are still using as a living language, according to al-Thawra newspaper [in Arabic].

Photos of Damaged Archaeological Sites in Syria to be Shown in Prague

Director of National Museum in Prague Dr. Michal Lukeš  has described Syria as 'a store of treasures containing antiquities dating back to different historic periods'.

He told Czech Tyden magazine that there are thousands of archaeological sites in Syria and the first alphabet was discovered there.

"During my visit to Syria last month, I agreed with archaeologists in the country to transfer some damaged antiquities to Prague in order to rehabilitate them under the supervision of the Syrian archaeologists, who will be briefed on the modern ways of rehabilitation," Dr. Lukeš added.