Syria has recently complained to UNESCO over Israeli archeological digging operations in the village of Bir Ajam in al-Quneitra province. In response, UNESCO demanded an explanation from Israel about the content of the complaint, according to a report by al-Mayadeen TV website.
In a statement to almayadeen.net, Director-General of Syrian Antiquities and Museums (GDAM) Mamoun Abdul Karim stressed that Israel was certainly involved in stealing Syrian antiquities and facilitating their smuggling. He also affirmed that the Zionist occupation was obsessed with archeological digging to falsify History.
According to Abdul Karim, some areas in Syria's southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra are under the control of Israeli-backed armed groups, specifically in Bir Ajam village. These armed groups has formed excavation teams affiliated to Israeli antiquities smugglers to loot, sabotage and smuggle the Syrian antiquities to be sold aborad.
"some areas have become open for thieves, thugs and antiquities mafia" said Abdul Karim, adding that the armed groups have played a direct role in stealing and sabotaging Syrian antiquities.