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Pro-Iran militants loot Aleppo's antiquities

Local | 2019-06-25 11:59:39
Pro-Iran militants loot Aleppo's antiquities
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian activists and opposition media have accused Iran-backed militias of looting antiquities of the historic cities of Aleppo and Palmyra.

The SY24 news site said that an Iranian organization is excavating archaeological in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its loyal militia since the end of 2016.

A source in regime-held areas told Zaman al-Wasl that the Iranian Al-Mehdi Relief Organization was allowed by Maj. Gen Javad al-Ghaffari, head of the Iranian forces in Aleppo, to excavate in the Old City of Aleppo. 

SY24 platform revealed that Ghaffari is the architect and mastermind of the operation to control the city of Aleppo, which was carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia with the full support of the Russian air force and regime forces.

The source confirmed that earlier this year, the organization signed contracts with the Directorate of Islamic Endowments and the Directorate of Museums and Archeology in Aleppo, for the restoration and rehabilitation of public buildings, noting that “this step came to cover the illegal work in the city”.

. In 2016, the regime forces backed by Russia and Iran took full control of Eastern Aleppo after deadliest offensive that killed and displaced thousands.

Experts and workers in the field of Iranian monuments used cars and trucks of the City Council of Aleppo and military housing to move between the neighborhoods of the city, and the implementation of drilling and the removal of dust from the places where it operates.

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