BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has recovered several artifacts that were stolen from the ancient city of Palmyra by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Friday.
According to SANA the Syrian Arab Army and competent local authorities completed four major busts in and around the ancient city.
SANA added that the stolen statues were handed over to the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums, as these ancient artifacts date back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.
General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums considered that the statues had been stolen from the tombs of the southeastern cemetery which was repeatedly looted by ISIL terrorists.
Director of the Museum Affairs at the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums Mohammad Nazir Awad told SANA Saturday that the Directorate received the statues, asserting that the current situation of the statues will be studied and assessed.
Awad added that the directorate has become one of the pioneering institutions in fighting the illegal trafficking of ruins on the global level due to its cooperation with the competent authorities.