DGAM: Turkish aggression is targeting archeological sites dating back to thousands of years

Damascus, SANA – The Directorate-General for Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) warned that archeological sites and hills in northern Syria, particularly in the areas of Qamishli and Tal Abyad, are sustaining serious damage due to the Turkish aggression on Syrian territory.

Director General of DGAM Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud told SANA on Thursday that the Turkish aggression has caused damage to several archeological sites, including Halas and al-Fakheriya hills in Ras an-Ayn area and al-Ssad al-Abyad hill which date back to the modern stone age and had been home to several consecutive civilizations throughout millennia.

Hammoud appealed to the international community, cultural international organized including the UNESCO, academic figures, and archeologists around the world to urge governments to exert pressure to halt the Turkish aggression which threatens Syria’s cultural heritage.

He noted that the area which the Turkish aggression seeks to occupy contains more than 3000 archeological sites that date back to thousands of years, all of which are an integral part of the region’s history.

Hammoud said that the Turkish regime’s actions are a crime against humanity and its material heritage, and that Turkey’s barbaric aggression is a methodical attack on this heritage.

Hazem Sabbagh

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