Violations in Afrin | “National Army” factions sabotage archaeological sites, looking for antiques • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Violations in Afrin | “National Army” factions sabotage archaeological sites, looking for antiques

Turkish-backed factions in Afrin continue committing violations against archaeological hills and sites looking for buried treasures and antiques, and sabotage remaining archaeological sites for financial benefit.

On the same context, SOHR activists reported that Turkish-backed factions bulldozed “Qabah” archaeological hill in Afrin city in northern Aleppo countryside, which is located in rajo district on the Syrian-Turkish borders.

This hill is unregistered under the Syrian Antiquities Directorate, where it was subjected to sabotaging and bulldozing by heavy bulldozers causing the destruction of its archaeological layers.

The hell contained several old tombs carved in the rocks and completely disappeared due to the sabotaging and digging.

On May 22, SOHR activists reported that Ankara-backed factions in “Olive Branch” area continued their violations, excavating and looting monuments in archaeological sites and hills, in search of buried treasures and archaeological relics. In this context, “National Army” factions destroyed “Zindkana” archaeological site with heavy bulldozers. The site is located near the villages of Sindianke and Maskat Tahtani in Jendires district in Afrin countryside.

The hill, like other hills and archaeological sites, had been systematically destroyed by the National Army factions. This archaeological site is not registered in the restrictions of the Syrian Antiquities Directorate. Owing to excavation by the faction, many of the pottery vessels at the archaeological site were destroyed and much of the agricultural land surrounding the site was destroyed.