Looters Are Selling Artifacts to Fund War in Syria

27 Sep 2012 8:43 AM | Anonymous

Looters Are Selling Artifacts to Fund War in Syria

Palmyra, Syria. Photo: Flickr user James Gordon

War zones are dangerous places, for both people and cultural heritage. Lately, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt have endured high-profile looting or looting attempts on archaeological sites and museums. Now, Syria has joined the inglorious list as priceless artifacts are being stolen, smuggled and even traded for weapons.

Interpol has gotten involved. The situation got to a point where they posted this warning in May:

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 joins UNESCO’s warning of the imminent threats to which Syrian cultural heritage is currently exposed and is strengthening its co-operation with other international partner organizations for a coordinated response to this menace.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2012/09/looters-are-selling-artifacts-to-fund-war-in-syria/

 

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