A Statement on the Turkish Attacks On archaeological sites in northern Syria16/10/2019 - عدد القراءات : 4577

Archaeological sites in northeastern Syria, especially in Qamishli region and Tell Abyad, are exposed to massive destruction due to the Turkish aggression on those areas where the most important Syrian archaeological tells were located, dating back thousands of years, from which came the most important archaeological discoveries during the past decades, revealed by many foreign archaeological missions that worked in Syria before the war has launched.

To preserve this heritage which forms eternal pages of the humanity history, and lest its loss, the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums calls upon the international community and international organizations concerned with the cultural affairs, especially UNESCO, academics and archaeologists all over the world who estimate the value of these sites, to condemn the Turkish aggression and expose the crimes committed by The Turkish occupation army, and to urge their governments to exert the pressure required to stop this aggression targeting Syrian cultural heritage.

What Turkey is doing today is a war crime against humanity and its material heritage in Syria, and the Turkish government bears the legal and the moral responsibility for these actions. The Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums expects from everyone who has a conscience to do his duty in protecting Syrian archaeological sites and stopping the unjust and barbaric aggression against them -ISIS at the forefront- for their destruction of the archaeological sites, cities and hills they have occupied.


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