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Terrorist organizations loot archeological sites in Quneitra

Foreign-backed terrorist organizations and antiquities smugglers have continued to loot archeological sites in the southern countryside of Quneitra province, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).

The DGAM's Director-General Maamoun Abdul Karim was quoted on the official news agency (SANA) as saying that locals and workers in Antiques Department in Quneitra had asserted that terrorist organizations and Antiquities smugglers carried out secret excavations in al-Rafid town, which is rich with historical churches, khans and tombs dating back to the Byzantine and Islamic eras.

French experts to contribute to documenting Syrian heritage

Two French experts from the 'Econom' Company specialized in documenting archeological heritage by modern technics have arrived in Damascus to offer support in documenting the Syrian heritage during the crisis.

The experts – Eve Obelman and Olivier Biurjois- will train a cadre for a year on how to convert photos from3D into 2D model by using Photo Scan program to form a national team to document archeological sites that have been damaged by terror attacks, according to the Tishreen newspaper.

The paper quoted sources in the Directorate-General of Antiques and Museums (DGAM) as saying that the cadre used the program in documenting artifacts and buildings in several areas in provinces of Damascus, Lattakia and Tartous.

ISIS uses savvy experts to execute looted antiquities marketing programs


It has been documented that ISIS [Daesh], and Jabhat a-Nusra [al-Nusra Front] use WhatsApp and Skype (Parkinson, Albayrak, & Mavin, 2015), and some terrorists are using smartphones (Sogue, 2014) as well as employing social-media savvy experts around the world, often teenagers, to design and execute looted antiquities marketing programs.

The financial incentives to looting are very powerful such that to date the international community’s existing methods of prevention are largely ineffective, the US Professor Frankiln Lamb said in a report- obtained by the Syriatimes e-newspaper- on confronting 'looting to Order' and 'cultural racketeering' in Syria.

Material damage at the entrance of Aleppo citadel after terrorists blew up a tunnel

Aleppo - The gate of Aleppo historical citadel which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site suffered great material damage when terrorists detonated a tunnel near the citadel which is located in the midst of Aleppo city.

In the framework of the continued series of crimes that target archeological sites, terrorists blew up a tunnel which they dug earlier in the western side of the citadel, causing material damage to the entrance, SANA reported.

Terrorists intentionally destroy UNESCO World Heritage site of al-Bara, northern Syria

DAMASCUS - The General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums has obtained new photos showing the intentional destruction of the antiquities at the hands of the terrorist organizations at al-Bara site in al-Zawyia Mountain, Idleb Countryside, SANA reported.

Al-Bara site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List within the file of the archeological villages in northern Syria, and it was included in the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2013.