Abdulkarim calls for Syrian-Italian cooperation to restore stolen Syrian artifacts

ROME,(ST)_  Director General of the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums  (DGAM) Maamoun Abdulkarim recently participated in a special meeting of the Italian Parliament's Cultural and Foreign Affairs Committee during which he explained the danger threatening the Syrian cultural and archaeological heritage because of the crimes and acts of vandalism committed by terrorist organizations against historical sites in Syria.

Syrian artifacts in European black market, as world coalesces to protect endangered heritage

Syrian unique artifacts have been up for sell in the European black market, Director-General- of the Antiquities and Museums [DGAM] confirms.

Ma'amonAbdulkarim told yesterday the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper that several Syrian unique artifacts were seized in the black market in Britain, indicating that the artifacts were smuggled via a Lebanese merchant.

"This proves that some Arab merchants are involved in smuggling Syrian antiquities to the European black market," he said, indicating that Culture Ministry hired a lawyer to pursue the measure of restoring the antiquities found in the European states, especially those that were up for sale in the black market in Britain.

Wide Syrian participation in Algiers 20th International Book Fair

ALGIERS, (ST)-More than 30 Syrian publishing houses are taking part in the 20th International Book Fair of Algiers which was opened a few days ago in the Algerian capital by the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

During his visit to the stand of the Syrian al-Hafez Publishing House and his meeting with Head of the Syrian Publishers Union Haitham al-Hafez, the Algerian Premier said “we are proud of the Syrian people…you are a great civilized people, so keep protecting your country and unity.”

ISIL Terrorists Blow Up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph

 DAMASCUS, (ST)- The terrorist organization calling itself the “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant” (ISIL) has destroyed the archeological “Arch of Triumph” in the UNESCO-listed Syrian historical city of Palmyra.

Director General of Syrian Antiquities and Museums (GDAM) Maamoun Abdulkarim told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Sunday that local sources in Palmyra had confirmed that the arch, known as the Arch of Triumph, had been blown up and destroyed completely by ISIL extremist terrorist organization.

Syria Trust for Development Urges International Organizations to Mobilize Efforts to Protect Syrian Cultural Heritage

 DAMASCUS, (ST)-The Syria Trust for Development has urged all international organizations particularly the UNESCO to shoulder their full responsibility and mobilize all efforts as to take practical steps to protect the historical Syrian city of Palmyra and the Syrian cultural heritage and not just to express condemnation and reprehension.

In a statement issued today marking the International Day of Peace, the Syria Trust condemned the barbaric crimes committed by the terrorist organizations against Palmyra and its locals, including the terrorists’ crime of beheading chief Syrian archeologist Khaled al-Assa’ad who made great archeological achievements in Palmyra.

“The systematic aggression against Palmyra, which has been a symbol of the multiplicity of cultures and religions, means targeting the Syrian cultural properties and the symbolic meaning of the Syrian civilization, which is listed on the world heritage by UNESCO, the Syria Trust said.

“Syria Trust shares with the world its condemnation against those criminals who couldn’t and won’t cancel or kill history whatever crimes they perpetrate in Palmyra or in any other Syrian area,” it added.

“Palmyra will continue to be the inventor of peace, the Syria Trust said, pointing out that the Syrian youths pray for peace in Syria and Palmyra.

It stressed that Syria’s cultural heritage will keep steadfast in the face of the heinous terrorist attacks and cultural cleansing attempts.

Hamda Mustafa