Khabab ….. An Important Archaeological Town in Horan

(ST) - Abiba is the ancient name of a town called “Khabab” in Horan. It is located in Daraa province in Syria, about 55 km from Damascus and 60 km from Daraa.

The word “khabab” is an Assyrian Acadia word which means light and bright under this source comes the word Aeb which means lightness and soft green. It is worth mentioning that there is an adjacent village to Khabab called Abe, and the name was derived from it the word Abiba and means “Stunned barley staple” and in the Pharos the word "Abib" means "the month of April," in which the sabbaths ripen and in Syriac we say Abba and means a flower or the yield of the fruit, as well as the word Hababa and Khababa comes from intense love.

Antiquities and Museums Directorate Warns of Dangers of Turkey’s Attacks on Archaeological Sites in Afrin

DAMASCUS- The Antiquities and Museums Directorate has warned of dangers of the Turkish attacks that targeted archaeological sites in Afrin region in northern Syria.

Director General for Antiquities and Museums, Mahmoud Hammoud, on Monday warned of the dangers of the Turkish aggression on Afrin which is one of the Syrian richest areas in artifacts and monuments, SANA reported.

 “Mount Semaan includes three archaeological reserves listed on UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s list and all are in danger because they are near to Afrin area,” Hammoud said, stressing that “the Turkish regime’s destruction of the Ain Dara Temple was a barbaric act, and a completion of the plan led by this regime to destroy the Syrian cultural heritage.”