Turkish-backed faction excavates antiquities in Afrin
The Turkish-backed Jaysh al-Nukhba faction brought in excavation machinery to the vicinity of the site of the Nebi Huri archeological site in the countryside of Afrin region, northern Syria, to excavate antiquities.

Nebi Huri archaeological site lies in Sharram district in the northeastern countryside of the Kurdish city of Afrin.

The site includes a roman pyramidal graveyard dating back to the middle of the third century AD, as well as a khan (traveler’s inn) and a mosque dating back, as written on the gate of the mosque, to 1859 AD (during the Ottoman period), and it is surrounded by a wall and includes a well.

The faction brought in bulldozers and digging machines to search for antiquities and gold in Nebi Huri area, in cooperation with antiquities dealers, and using special devices to detect metals, an eyewitness told North Press. 

The faction carried out the excavation process, using large tracked machines to locate and detect antiquities, the source added. 

Early in 2021, a group of the endowments authority of the Turkish government started the work of converting the shrine of Nebi Huri in Afrin region, into a mosque. 

Turkey with the Turkish-backed opposition factions continue to change the demographics of the region by converting Yezidi shrines into mosques and building new ones in the area, such as the Basufan district of Afrin countryside, according to local reports and sources.

Since March 2018, the city of Afrin and its environs, north of Aleppo, have been controlled by the Turkish-backed opposition factions, which systematically continue their systematic violations against the residents of Afrin and its environs, including kidnappings, killings and arrests, with the aim of extorting detainees’ families and imposing royalties on them.

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