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Neglect, looting ruin Gaza antiques

 

KHAN Younis: Walid al-Aqqad’s Gaza home would be the envy of many an antiquities collector. Pieces of Corinthian columns greet visitors in the backyard. Inside, hundreds of ancient pots and other artifacts hang on the walls or are arranged helter-skelter on shelves. They are remnants of five millennia of Gaza’s history, from the Bronze Age to the Islamic caliphates and on down to the years of Ottoman and British rule in the 20th century. But, none among those who occupy the areas led by Israel and Hamas have protected the prized possessions. Instead, looting, worsened by decades of neglect, has reduced the antiques into ashes.

AP


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Today’s Front Page January 23, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 23, 2020