Ministry of Culture - Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums condemns the Turkish attacks on archaeological sites in the Syrian area of Efrin, the most recent of which was the destruction of the Ain Dara temple, one of the most important Monument built by the Arameans in Syria during the first millennium BC.
This attack reflects the hatred and barbarism of the Turkish regime against the Syrian identity and against the past, present and future of the Syrian people.
DGAM appeals to all concerned international organizations and all those interested in world heritage to condemn this aggression and to pressure the Turkish regime to prevent the targeting of archeological and cultural sites in Efrin, one of the richest areas in Syria.
The temple is characterized by its bright and rare sculptures, made of basalt stone, discovered in 1982 by a national mission. A Japanese expedition from the Museum of the Ancient East in Tokyo also restored some of its sculptures.
The archeological hill of Ain Dara is one of the most important cities in the Kingdom of the Aguchi Aramaic and perhaps its capital, with an area of 50 hectares.