Loyalist forces exhume Christian tombs in search of gold in Eastern Damascus

اعداد أمنة رياض | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 12 فبراير، 2018 10:14:53 ص خبر عسكرياجتماعي دين

Damascus Suburbs, SMART

The local council of the city of Harasta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, reveals that Syrian loyalist forces have exhumed the tombs in the Christian cemetery in the city in search of gold and jewelry.

Hossam al-Beiruti, Head of the local council in Harasta, which is located 11 kilometers east of Damascus, told SMART that the loyalist forces exhumed more than 30 percent of the tombs in the Christian cemetery in the city and caused great damage to the graves and bodies. The loyalist forces believed that there were precious jewels in the graves.

Al-Beiruti explained that Christian families arrived to the city nearly 100 years ago, and have been living there ever since. The people of the city gave them land to use as a cemetery in 1937. The land has become a cemetery for Christians from Harasta and Irbin. He pointed out that the Christians constituted 15 per cent of the 35 thousand population in the city of Harasta before the start of the Syrian Revolution.

In October 2012, the loyalist forces seized the cemetery, however, in November 2017, the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham Movement recaptured the cemetery during the battle of Harasta against the loyalist forces. Ahrar al-Sham gained control of other important sites in the city during the same battle.

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اعداد أمنة رياض | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 12 فبراير، 2018 10:14:53 ص خبر عسكرياجتماعي دين
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