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Syrian Government, UNDP Discuss Cooperation to Protect Syrian Heritage

Damascus, -Representative at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Akiko Suzaki said that protecting and saving the Syrian heritage is an international responsibility which the UNDP considers a key objective for the program in cooperation with the Syrian government.

Suzaki made her remarks during a seminar held at the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Damascus on Thursday, according to SANA.

Suzaki considered that the protection of the Syrian heritage is the responsibility of the world as it is the heritage of all humanity.

Restoration Works of Palmyra’s Ancient Artifacts Continue

DAMASCUS – General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums continue restoration works of terror-affected Palmyra artifacts which had been transported from Palmyra to the National Museum in Damascus after being smashed, defaced and beheaded by the armed terrorist groups, SANA reported.

Director General of Antiquities and Museums, Mahmoud Hamoud, told SANA that the restoration process is based on the state-of-the-art methods and techniques that are internationally applicable as well as documents, photographs and drawings available in the directorate.

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.