Damascus, SANA- Syria condemned the illegal excavation works targeting its antiquities by US, French, and Turkish forces and their backers in the areas under their occupation.
An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA on Monday that the Ministry condemns all illegal excavation works conducted by the US, French and Turkish troops and their agents in Manbej , Afrin , Idleb, Hasaka , Raqqa and other areas under their occupation.
There is an increase in excavation works, looting and thefts of Syrian cultural heritage which contributes to destroying it, the Ministry said.
Such works constitute a new war crime which is added to the crimes committed against the Syrian people, its history and civilization , the Ministry said, adding that the terrorist organizations and their supporters have carried out the acts of robbery of antiquities and the Syrian cultural heritage since the beginning of the terrorist war on Syria as part of a scheme aimed at destroying the Syrian civilized and cultural heritage and to depriving the Syrian people of their past.
The Ministry called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to condemn these grave violations affecting the Syrian cultural heritage and to expose the tools implemented and those behind them.
The Ministry reiterated the Syrian Arab Republic’s insistence to liberate all of its territories, preserve its national identity and preserve its culture heritage.