Destroying historical heritage | Turkish-backed faction continue excavating archaeological hills in Afrin • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Destroying historical heritage | Turkish-backed faction continue excavating archaeological hills in Afrin

Aleppo Province: SOHR sources have reported ongoing search for antiquities and systematic destruction of archaeological sites by the “National Army” factions in “Olive Branch” area.

In this context, pro-Turkey factions continue excavation work and digging in the archaeological hill of Ma’rata which was registered by the Syrian Antiquities Directorate. The is located about 1,500 meters away from Ma’rata  village. Since 2019 the hill has been exposed to acts of sabotage, where most of the hill has been removed by heavy diggers and earth-moving machineries. In addition, excavation work expanded to the city in the plain neighbouring the hill.

It is worth noting that the sabotaged area has approximated three hectares, as the factions have been searching for antiquities and ancient artifacts to sell them in the black market, in full view of the Turkish forces.

Moreover, the Turkish-backed factions also continue to destroy the remains of the archaeological hill of Mesto Hassan, which is located in the property belonging to the people of Samalka village in Ma’batli district, two kilometres to the south-west of the village. The hill also witnessed acts of sabotage by the Turkish forces and their proxies with heavy machineries.

In general, a large part of the hill was destroyed with the remains of architectural constructions belonging to ancient civilizations that settled the hill. While the area which has been leveled in Al-Akrobol foot is estimated at 4,000 square meters.

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