Turkey excavates a historical site in Syria’s Afrin

ALEPPO NORTHERN COUNTRYSIDE, Syria (North Press) – Turkish authorities brought heavy excavators to Maabatli district of Afrin region, north Syria, to dig the location of antiquities on purpose of looting them, residents of the areas said.   

The Turkish authorities and the affiliated Syrian armed opposition factions brought heavy digging machines to Ma’mela village of Afrin region to search for antiquities, an exclusive source told North Press.

The archaeological diggings started in the aforementioned village under the supervision of the Turkish-backed Muhammad al-Fateh faction which controls the area.

The Turkish authorities resumed archaeological diggings in the shrine of Nebi Hori under the guise of renovation to hide the illegal diggings.

Turkey continues changing Afrin area demographically by conducting illegal diggings and changing the names of the milestones to Turkish ones so that the area looks like ancient Ottoman site.  

The city of Afrin and its villages, north of Aleppo, have been controlled by Turkish forces and the affiliated factions since March 2018.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo