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.

Italian Experts Complete Restoration of Two Busts Destroyed by ISIS in Syria's Palmyra

Italian experts have completed restoration of the two funerary busts destroyed by ISIS terrorists in the Syrian Palmyra city, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) website.

The website reported Friday that Italian experts in the Higher Institute of Conservation and Restoration in Rome used laser scans, a 3D printer and a mixture of nylon and marble dust to restore the two busts, which date back to the second and third century AD.

One of the two busts shows a noble man wearing a Roman-style toga, while the second one shows a woman with jewels around her neck  and turban on her head.