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INTERPOL calls for vigilance on looting of ancient mosaics in Syria

21 May 2012 The on-going armed conflict in Syria is increasingly threatening a significant part of the cultural heritage of mankind. Roman ruins, archaeological sites, historic premises and places of worship are particularly vulnerable to destruction, damages, theft and looting during this period of turmoil. The INTERPOL General Secretariat therefore ...

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Al-Rikaz Department of ISIS licenses excavation works in exchange for monetary percentage

  RFS Media Office correspondent got an ISIS license that is granted to excavators, and it is issued by what is called al-Rikaz Department which is involved in collecting antiquities and buried money. Young man (M.S.) from the town of al-Sayal, located near the Mari archaeological site in the eastern ...

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Al-Hasakeh – Tell Ajajah: illegal excavations and intentional destruction of ancient statues

  According to information received from the south of Al-Hasakeh region, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has arrested looters of antiquities and intentionally destroyed ancient statues dating back to the Assyrian period found during illicit excavations at Tell Ajaja. ©photos Abou Mouseb صور لآثار مستخرجة عبر تنقيب ...

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Deir Ezzor – al-Mayadin: Illicit diggings at Qal’at al-Rahba 13.03.2014

  Deir Ezzor – al-Mayadin: Illicit diggings at Qal’at al-Rahba 18.08.2013 Deir Ezzor al-Mayadin: Illicit diggings at Qasr al Rahba using a bulldozer 20.07.2013

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