Syria, Czech Republic Sign Declaration of Intent on Monuments Protection

Syria and Czech Republic have signed declaration of intent to establish a long-term cooperation in fields of the restoration of monuments, protection of cultural heritage in Syria and holding exhibitions about Syrian monuments and culture in the Czech Republic.

The declaration, which was signed today by Director General of DGAM in Syria Dr. Maamoun Abdul Karim and Director of National Museum in Prague Michal Lukeš, includes cooperation in various fields and an international campaign to introduce Syrian culture to the whole world through holding exhibitions.

ISIS Terrorists Destroy Antiquities in Dura-Europos Site outside Der Ezzour

ISIS terrorists have destroyed several statues and antiquities that date back  to thousands of years in Dura-Europos site in Der Ezzour countryside, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Sunday.

The agency clarified that the terrorist ISIS organization [Its Arabic acronym is Daesh] published a video showing how its elements destroyed the statues and antiquities in the said site by using large hammers.

89 Looted Artifacts Returned to Syria

Eighty-nine looted artifacts have returned to Syria through Lebanon and the sale of other looted artifacts in Europe has been stopped in cooperation with INTERPOL and UNESCO.

This is what Director-General of DGAM Dr. Maamoun Abdul Karim unveiled during an interview with the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on the sidelines of the ' Treasures of Syrian Heritage' exhibition opened Wednesday in the National Museum of Damascus.

He clarified that the artifacts were looted from Syria by terrorist organizations and smuggled abroad

Czech National Museum to Help Rehabilitate Damaged Monuments in Syria

PRAGUE- Director-General of Czech National Museum Michal Lukeš has declared that Syria is the cradle of civilization and it is a wonderful place full of monuments that date back to thousands of years, indicating that the museum will help rehabilitate some monuments damaged by terrorism, especially in Palmyra city [Tadmor].

He visited Damascus last autumn and agreed with Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums to cooperate in field of rehabilitation, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

UNESCO Urges More Efforts to Protect Syrian Heritage

Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bovoka has underscored that the protection of the archaeological site of Palmyra is both a major cultural issue and an imperative for security, peace and the recovery of a whole country.

"This heritage has survived millennia, it fosters unity and identity for the Syrian people. Its preservation is inseparable from the protection of human life and is an integral part of the response to humanitarian emergencies. It must be left out of the conflict," she said in a statement published on UNESCO website.