Artifacts, Stolen by Terrorists from a Temple in Jobar, Appear in Turkey and "Israel"

WASHINGTON, (ST)- A report by the American "Associated Press" News Agency revealed that precious artifacts, including manuscripts from the Tourah, that were previously stolen from one of the most ancient Jewish temples in Jobar neighborhood in Damascus when this area was under the control of the terrorist organizations, appeared in Turkey and "Israel".

Terrorist groups in Syria intended to steal antiquities and smuggle them within the framework of their plans to undermine the cultural heritage of Syria. The stolen antiquities used to be smuggled from Syria through Turkish mediators.

Looting and stealing antiquities has been among the terrorists' most important sources of financing.

Archeological Sites in Eastern Ghouta Vandalized and Looted by Terrorists

DAMASCUS- After the liberation of Eastern Ghouta from terrorist organizations such as Jabhat al-Nusra, Jaish al-Islam, and Failaq al-Rahman, SANA worked to collect as much information as possible regarding archeological sites in the area and document the destruction, damage, and looting that affected them.

According to SANA, the archeological sites which were outside the terrorist organization’s control remained safe, including al-Qareen hill, al-Ghizlanieh hills , and al-Fara hills, according to General Director of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), Dr. Mahmoud Hamoud.

Second Largest Mosaic Panel in Syria Discovered

DAMASCUS – Second largest mosaic panel in Syria was uncovered in the northern part of the country withiin the framework of the excavation works carried out in Uqeirbat archeological site in Hama Province.

According to SANA, the gigantic stone picture is 450 square meters according to the Directorate-General for Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), which makes it the second largest mosaic after Tayebt al-Imam’s stone picture-also in Hama Province.

Report: Syrian Antiquities in World Museums… Wars Main Reason Behind

LATTAKIA- As attention in the material and nonmaterial value of antiquities increased since the beginning of the past century, the Syrian archeological sites have been prone to waves of illegal activities making the need for documenting the locations of the stolen antiquities in the world’s museums a must.

Syrian expatriate researcher Ibtisam Bader Nasraa has documented the Syrian antiquities in several international museums, relying on the tours she made to prominent museums and her academic education of public tourism management, according to SANA.

GDAM: Massive Destruction at Mari Archaeological Site due to Terrorist Attacks

DAMASCUS- A number of archaeological sites in Deir Ezzor, including the Mari site in Tal Hariri, were severely damaged as a result of attacks by terrorist organizations, according to the General Directorate for Antiquities and Museums (GDAM).

In a statement on Tuesday, the Directorate said that preliminary assessment was carried out by archeologists to archeological sites in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which were rid of terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army, where it was found that massive destruction was caused to the archaeological buildings in the site of Mari, including the royal palace of Zimri-Lim, as well as the destruction of the roof built to protect it from natural elements, in addition to illegal excavations throughout the site by terrorists, SANA reported.