Thursday, 29 June 2017

Antiquities Stash Found in Miltant Base in Benghazi

Libya, a video dated shows government armed forces finding antiquities at one of the sites of terrorist groups in the centre of the fish market in the city of Benghazi. The Battle for Benghazi (October 2014- present) has been against the  Islamic Fundamentalist Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (supported by the LROR and Misrata Brigades), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya,It is not yet clear which of these groups were stashing the artefacts. These consist of a number of classical marble (?) heads and half-busts, some complete pots and other items. The objects are stored in tattered cardboard boxes with foam rubber padding at the base - probly from when they had been moved (from place-to-place, either to protect them, or to find a buyer?).

Dealers and their lobbyists who wish to claim that there is 'no evidence' that militant groups are storing antiquities for sale to raise cash will not be discussing this video. Then they have the gall to moan when nobody will talk to them about protecting the remains of the past from looters, thieves and smugglers. 

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