المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Searching for artifacts and archeological treasures | Turkish-backed factions continue excavating and digging for antiquities in Ras al-Ain in Hasakah

Al-Hasakah province: The Turkish-backed factions have been continuing the excavation work in Tel al-Jihash in the countryside of Ras al-Ain (Sere Kanye) in searching for artifacts and archeological treasures.

SOHR reliable sources have confirmed that members of al-Hamza division have looted the tombs after they expanded the excavation operations over a month, where they target the “Yazidis” tombs, as Yazidis used to bury their dead people along with their precious belongings including gold, silver and other valuables.

The Turkish-backed factions particularly al-Hamza and Sultan Murad divisions are working on exploring archaeological sites and dig it, including Tel Halaf and other districts in the old Ras al-Ain (Sere Kanye) town like al-Abra and al-Kharaba.

SOHR sources have added that Turkish-backed factions continue to exploring antiquities, under the pretext of searching for SDF old tunnels in the city.

On December 7, 2020, reliable sources informed SOHR that Turkish forces continued digging and excavation work in Tal Halaf under control of the “Peace Spring” operaton areas in al-Hasakah countryside, in search for antiquities. Several antiques, artifacts and clay pots were unearthed on the top of the archaeological hill where Turkish forces were stationed.

Tal Halaf is located in the in northeastern Syria, about three km far from the southwest of Ras Al-Ain. The archaeological site findings are dated back to the 6th Millennium BC.

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