Archaeology: Gaza, concern over work on ancient port

19 April, 13:27

    (ANSAmed) - GAZA, APRIL 19 - Unesco and experts in the Gaza Strip are concerned over recent construction work ordered by Hamas along the coast of Gaza City where the remains of the ancient port of Anthedon are located. Local sources said several bulldozers are working in the area, raising fears they could damage underground archaeological treasures. Anthedon is 3,000 years old and used to be one of the Mediterranean's main ports. Its archaeological site includes mosaics and pillars from the Roman and Byzantine periods.

    According to the al-Monitor website, the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, intend to build a new military installation in the area.

    A high official with the interior ministry said the work only concerns a limited area and will be of short duration. In any event, the Hamas government official said, attention will be paid so as not to damage archaeological pieces that could be buried underground.

    However a number of concerned activists have called on Hamas Premier Ismail Haniyeh and Unesco to intervene in order to prevent damages to the ancient port area. (ANSAmed)
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