NESCO warns of illicit archeological excavations targeting Syrian artifacts

14 Dec 2013 2:57 PM | Anonymous

NESCO warns of illicit archeological excavations targeting Syrian artifacts

   

UNESCO’s Director-General warned Friday of illegal archeological excavations across war-torn Syria, saying the United Nations’ cultural, education and science entity has called on auction houses and museums to beware.

Amid the widespread death, destruction, and displacement during Syria’s 2 ½-year civil war, UNESCO says the country’s great cultural heritage is at risk. 

"The biggest danger there, apart from the destruction we have seen of the world heritage sites…is the illicit archeological excavations," said Irina Bokova, head of UNESCO, according to Reuters. "This is something that is not very high on the radar of the international community."

http://rt.com/news/unesco-syria-illegal-excavations-236/

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