TEHRAN The Turkish Army and its allied militants continue to excavate and plunder the ancient sites in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, the Kurdish-language media outlets reported on Friday.
The Kurdish-language Hawar News Website reported that the Turkish Army and its allied militants have plundered 144 archeological sites in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo and transferred the looted artifacts to Turkey.
It also noted that a sum of 39 ancient hills in different towns and areas of Afrin have been excavated and destroyed by the Turkish Army and its allied militants, and said, nearly all ancient sites of the region have been not just looted, but annihilated.
Meantime, a sum of at least 16,000 Syrian artifacts, most of them from Afrin, are kept at Turkish museums.
In a relevant development earlier this month, a government cultural official said that Turkey is helping the militants in excavation of historical and ancient sites in the Ankara-controlled occupied areas in Northern Syria as the terrorists have transferred tens of thousands of artifacts to Turkey.
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Director-General of Syria's Museums and Ancient Sites Mahmoud Hamoud as saying that according to reliable intelligence, Turkish officials along with their allied militants have started excavations for artefacts in most of the regions and ancient hills of Afrin, including Tal Borj Abdalou, Tal Ain Dareh, Tal Jandaris and Nabi Hora which are thousands of years old.
Hamoud noted that the terrorists have plundered about 75,000 artifacts from Syrian museums, including museums in Idlib and Raqqa, and said that a sum of 25,000 artefacts of Syria have so far been smuggled into Turkey so far.
The Syrian official also said that over 1 million Syrian artifacts have been stolen by terrorists from different regions.
In a relevant development this month, media reports said that the Turkish Army and Ankara-backed militants were continuing to plunder the infrastructures and artifacts in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo.
Hawar News website quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Turkish Army and its allied militants in overnight excavations have plundered the archeological works on the hills of the town of Kamrouk in Mobata region in Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo.
The sources noted that the Turkish Army and its allied militants transfer the stolen artifacts from different regions of Afrin to Turkey.
Meantime, the Ankara-backed terrorists still continue their killings and plundering of civilians' properties and they also abduct people to blackmail their families.
In a relevant development in April, the Kurdish-language media reported that the Turkish Army had strengthened its military positions in areas under its control in Afrin and set up another military base for Jeish al-Islam terrorists there.
The Kurdish-language Hawar News quoted local sources in Afrin as saying that the Ankara Army is presently setting up 3-meter walls in the surrounding areas of its command centers in the villages of Afrin region, specially in the villages bordering al-Shahba region.
The report pointed to an attempt by the Turkish Army to destroy people's houses, administrative buildings, schools and water reservoirs North of Jalbareh village in Shirwa, and said that the occupying army intends to set a new military base in the same region.
Meantime, informed sources reported that the Turkish troops are establishing a command center and a camp for Jeish al-Islam terrorists near Kawa al-Haddad Square.
They also said that the Jeish al-Islam terrorists are meant to use the camp for training their militants.
Source: Fars News Agency