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Syria’s national museum reopens after 6 years

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By ITN News Editor October 29, 2018 13:50

Syria’s national museum reopens after 6 years

Syria’s National Museum of Damascus reopened to the public on Sunday, after the country’s civil war forced it to close more than six years ago. The museum boasts a collection of about 100,000 antiquities which were threatened as the country’s conflict began in 2011. Authorities shut down the museum in 2012 to protect the ancient artifacts from damage. Following the improving security situation in Syria, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus recently decided to reopen the institution. On the day the museum reopened, more than 1,500 artifacts including sculptures and paintings were put on display. Some of the exhibits were from the ancient city of Palmyra, where Syrian government forces and extremist groups fought a seesaw battle beginning in 2015.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 29, 2018 13:50
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