Department of Antiquities in Hasaka: 40 % of archaeological artifacts in Tal Ajajeh stolen or vandalized by terrorist organizations

Hasaka, SANA-Museums and Antiquities Department in Hasaka province said that 40 percent of the archaeological artifacts in Tal Ajajeh were stolen or vandalized by terrorist organizations.

Director of Hasaka Museums and Antiquities Department Khaled Ahmou said in a statement to SANA reporter that parts of the hill were swept away by heavy machines and a number of decorated corridors and walls of palaces were vandalized since terrorists opened tunnels inside the hill.

Ahmou explained that the largest attack on the archeological sites in Hasaka province was on Tal Ajajeh due to the damage that the hill sustained, noting that operations at the archeological sites and hills in the southern area are slow due to the fear of what might be left behind by the terrorist organizations in the area particularly those surrounding the archeological hills in Tal Taban and Tal Tneineer in the southern area in addition to Sukara Citadel to the south west of Hasaka city and Tal al-Shaddadi.

The Department of Antiquities and Museums in Hasaka registered 100 cases of attack on archaeological sites in Hasaka province by the armed terrorist organizations, most of which were in the southern area of the province.

Hasaka province is one of the richest archeological areas in Syria which includes about 800 archaeological sites registered in the Department of Antiquities and Museums in addition to 146 unregistered sites.

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