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Western States Purchasing Palmyra’s Antiques from ISIL

20 April 2017 17:27

 

The western countries are buying the historical objects stolen by the ISIL from the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Syria’s Homs province in violation of the UN Security Council’s resolution which bans trade with the terrorist groups, Czech media outlets reported.

According to Prima TV channel’s reporter, the ISIL has not only destroyed a large number of ancient monuments in Palmyra but also stolen many of them.

Noting that the ISIL has sold the stolen antiques to the western states, he said that those who have bought the artifacts have continued trade with the terrorists.

The UNSC in a resolution in 2015 had called for cutting the ISIL’s financial resources.

Reports said in 2015 that the ISIL terrorists didn’t just demolish the World Heritage site, the city of Palmyra, they had been successfully trading the city’s unique relics while in control of the territory.

Russian investigators estimate that the terrorist group has garnered around $200 million by selling artifacts it has looted from ancient sites in Palmyra, Sputnik reported.

The archeological wonder with 2,000-year-old ruins, is located amid the Syrian desert.

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