Authorities empty Syria’s museums of treasures

Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Admin


Syrian museums are being emptied to prevent the treasures inside from being looted due to increasing tensions in the country.

“We emptied Syria’s museums. They are in effect empty halls, with the exception of large pieces that are difficult to move,” Abdulkarim told Reuters during a visit to neighbouring Jordan.

Tens of thousands of artefacts spanning 10,000 years of history were removed to specialist warehouses to avoid a repeat of the storming of Baghdad’s museum by looters a decade ago, in the wake of the U.S. invasion and overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, he said.

Syria’s own 23-month-old conflict is tearing the country apart and has raised international concerns over the fate of one of the richest and most diverse historical collections of any single nation.

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Story: Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters | Photo: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih/Files

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