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Recent photos show damages on outskirts of Aleppo citadel

The DGAM website published Monday photos showing the staggering scale ofdestruction on the outskirts of Aleppo citadel as a result of continuous clashes.

The photos were taken by the photographer Shady Martak during the last week of January 2016, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums said.

Eng. Lina Qtifan, Director of the World Heritage Sites in the DGAM, made it clear that 130 real states, most of them located south of the Aleppo Citadel, were damaged. "The al-Sultaneyeh Mosque, Carlton Hotel, historical area in the old city of Aleppo were among the damaged real states."

The archeological excavation in al Mtouna village

Al-Mtouna is one of al-Sweida villages which are full of historical ruins due to its location in al-lajah district which extends between Damascus, Daraa, and Sweida.

The historical importance of the village came from its location which is considering as a real geographical link between Horan hills and the al-lajah famous basalt area which is known as Wadi al-lowa.

Shells hit Daraa museum

Armed groups fired Wednesday several mortar shells on the national Daraa museum, causing damage to it, according to the DGAM.

The Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums clarified that the mortar attack caused damage to the walls of the museum's halls, including the Islamic eras hall.

It confirmed that the museum's exhibits were not damaged because they were in a safe place.

Al -Fakhura Port… A Witness to Nobility of Syrian Civilization

LATTAKIA, (ST) - The Syrian coast embraces dozens of submerged ports that date back to the second millennium BC, most notably al –Beida, Ugarit and al –Fakhura,  which formed an anchor to huge fleets owned by the people of those eras.

The Port of al –Fakhura, in particular, constitutes a natural bay and plant of Byzantine pottery adjacent to another older plant that is believed to be of Ugariti origin.

DGAM calls on Turkey and Jordan to separate archaeology from politics

Director-General of the DGAM has called on Turkey and Jordan to separate archaeology file from politics as it is a humanitarian file representing civilization.

Maamoun Abdul Karim's call was made after he affirmed the aggravation of the phenomena of forging the Syrian artefacts, especially mosaics in the northern and eastern regions in Syria.  

He told the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper that there are a lot of fake Palmyra statues and most of the forgers are Syrians communicating with Arab and foreign networks via neighboring countries, such as Turkey and Jordan.

"A huge number of gangs are active in Apamea city in Hama countryside," Abdul Karim said, adding that this poses a threat to the city's archaeological sites.