Syrian authorities struggle to save antiquities from devastation by IS

23 Mar 2015 8:44 AM | Anonymous

Syrian authorities struggle to save antiquities from devastation by IS

Authorities avert destruction at some sites by moving artefacts to safety

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Syria’s department of antiquities has reclaimed the vast 11th- century crusader castle Crac des Chevaliers from the army and taken charge of the site, director Dr Maamoun Abdulkarim says proudly.

Mines and munitions have been swept and repairs have begun. The department’s employees have returned and taken custody of this Unesco world heritage site, one of six in Syria.

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