Ongoing sabotage of Syria’s historical heritage | “National Army” factions continue excavation work in archaeological hills in Afrin
Aleppo province: Turkish-backed factions operating under the banner of the “National Army” continue excavating archaeological sites in Afrin canton in north-western Aleppo, searching for antiques and relics. In this context, SOHR sources have reported that Turkish-backed factions started excavation work and digging in “Zrafka” archaeological hill in Umo village in Ma’batli district. The hill foot and archaeological layers have successively been damaged, where the area sustained damage has estimated to be four hectares.
On March 31, SOHR activists reported that factions of the “National Army” continued excavation work in the archaeological site of Tel Beir, which is located in the south of Shirkan village in Al-Ma’batly district, searching for buried treasures. The hill was subjected to sabotage by heavy machineries, which caused damage to the hill’s foot and its surroundings.
Moreover, the archaeological hill of Juwaik was also subjected to excavation work with heavy diggers and earth-moving machineries, which destroyed its archaeological layers. In addition, dozens of fruit-bearing olive trees in surrounding areas were felled. The excavations affected nearly 7000 square meters on the Acropolis and the nearby areas extending to the vicinity of the high hill.