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Syria: Fighters trade looted antiquities for AK-47s00:39

Syria: Fighters trade looted antiquities for AK-47s

Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanese-Syria border
October 23, 2014 at 15:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syrian anti-government fighters displayed what they say are looted archaeological relics near the Lebanese-Syria border Wednesday night. The fighters were expecting to sell the antiquities on the black market for $3,000-$6,000 (€2,370-€4,740). With the money they could buy arms, ammunition and supplies to fund the fight against the Syrian government.

Collectors from around the world seek the precious relics which are under threat from damage due to the ongoing war in Syria.

The Syrian civil war, raging for its third year, has so far claimed the lives of around 200,000 people, according to UN estimates.

Syria: Fighters trade looted antiquities for AK-47s00:39
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Syrian anti-government fighters displayed what they say are looted archaeological relics near the Lebanese-Syria border Wednesday night. The fighters were expecting to sell the antiquities on the black market for $3,000-$6,000 (€2,370-€4,740). With the money they could buy arms, ammunition and supplies to fund the fight against the Syrian government.

Collectors from around the world seek the precious relics which are under threat from damage due to the ongoing war in Syria.

The Syrian civil war, raging for its third year, has so far claimed the lives of around 200,000 people, according to UN estimates.