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1.5 million Euros Allocated to Help Rehabilitate Syrian Antiquities, Says Czech Museum Director

Director of the National Museum in Prague Michal Lukeš has declared that 40 million Czech Koruna[1.5 million Euros] is allocated to rehabilitate some of Palmyra antiquities delivered to Damascus and to help repair damaged monuments in Aleppo in accordance with development and humanitarian aid program approved by the Czech government for 2016-2019.

His remark was made during an interview with Czech Television on Tuesday.

 "The ancient and various antiquities in Syria prove that this country is the cradle of civilization," Lukeš said, asserting that the National Museum in Prague will take part in protecting and rehabilitating Syria's antiquities in cooperation with Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Damascus.

He affirmed that Syria's antiquities are part of world's history, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency added that the program broadcasted on Czech television included 11-minute report prepared by Czech journalist Markéta Kutilováhas and her colleague Lenka Klicperová, who recently visited Syria.

The report focused on antiquities damaged by ISIS in Palmyra city.

Last January, ISIS terrorists [Its Arabic acronym is Daesh] destroyed the façade of the Roman Theatre and the Tetrapylon in ancient Palmyra city.They recaptured the city in December for the second time after it was liberated by the Syrian Arab army and allied forces last March.

There are 10.000 archeological sites in Syria, 300 of them have been damaged since the start of the terrorist war on Syria, DGAM's Director General Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim told the French Le Figaro newspaper in 2015.

Since 2011, a foreign-backed terror war has been waged on Syria targeting its people, army, civilization and infrastructures in accordance with US-Zionist plot that aims to fragment the region and to have hegemony over its wealth.

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