SYRIAN ANTIQUITIES CHIEF ACCUSES U.S. OF LOOTING ARTEFACTS IN NORTHERN SYRIA
DAMASCUS, Syria, Syrian Director General of Museums and Antiquities, Mahmoud Hammoud, said that, the United States, France and allied Kurdish militia, are carrying out illegal excavations in ancient sites in northern Syria.
The U.S., French and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are looting artefacts in the Um al-Sarj mountain, said Hammoud.
He added that, the mountain, which is rich in artefacts, is located near the Kurdish-controlled city of Manbij in northern Aleppo. The U.S.-led forces are reportedly doing the same thing in the ancient souk of Manbij.
“The excavations, looting and robbery are also taking place in the archaeological tombs, in the eastern side of Manbij,” Hammoud said.
The official described these acts as “crimes and a violation of the Syrian sovereignty,” noting that, the museum and antiquities department in Syria is communicating with international organisations, to condemn the violations of the Syrian cultural heritage.
“We hope that the Syrian army would return peace and security to all those areas soon, because it’s the only force capable of protecting our heritage,” he said.
Hammoud’s remarks are part of an intensified government campaign, against the U.S.-led coalition, which has been operating in Syria since 2014.
Earlier on Sunday, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, urged for condemnation of the “crimes” of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria.
The U.S.-led coalition has been targeting the last vestige of the Daesh territory, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, in the eastern part of Deir al-Zour, as part of the support to the SDF militia.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syrian-antiquities-chief-accuses-u-s-of-looting-artefacts-in-northern-syria/National news