Head of UNESCO warned of the widespread illegal archeological excavations across Syria, stressing that Syria's cultural heritage is increasingly under threat , saying that the U.N cultural, education and science arm has warned auction houses, museums and collections about the problem.
Head of Paris-based UNESCO "Irina Bokova" told reporters "the biggest danger there, apart from the destruction we have seen of the world heritage sites ... is the illicit archeological excavations". Adding that "illicit Syrian artifacts have surfaced in neighboring Jordan".
Head of Syria's antiquities and museums " Maamoun Abdulkarim" said " illegal archeological digs have threatened tombs in the desert town of Palmyra and the Bronze Age settlement of Ebla.
In September UNESCO issued what it called a "red list" of types of artifacts to alert museums, collectors and auction houses what to be on the lookout for from Syria.