July 20, 2005
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) destroyed a very important Christian archeological site south of Gaza, according to Dr. Moin Sadeq, Director General ofMinistry of Tourism and Antiquities (MTA) in Gaza.
Israeli troops razed yesterday (Tuesday) a site of huge remains of Byzantium Church, close to the shore of Deir Albalah City, south of Gaza. The Christian site consisted of floors made of mosaic constructed in 586 AD, which had MTA reconstructed it in Arle City in France in 2000.
Sadeq asserted that such Israeli aggression is a "new phase of Israeli series of aggressions against archeological sites and historic buildings in Palestinian cities and towns. Israel tries to bury the evidences of the Arab roots in Palestine"..
He recalled that the Israeli stolen dozens of antiquities from Gaza, and carried them to Israeli museums
The construction of the Apartheid Wall causes the destruction of a lot of ancient sites.
Such acts target the destruction of tourism in Palestine which already based on the cultural heritage and Christian and Islamic shrines.
Sadeq expressed his worry as Israelis may destroy more archeological sites before their withdrawal from Gaza, mentioning that one of the Israeli outpost, north of Gaza, locates on a Byzantium "Church of Baptist Bishop John" established in 550 AD.
Sadeq called on the UNESCO to intervene to protect the Palestinian archeological and historical sites.
Read here original article, "Israeli Bulldozers Destroy Remains of Byzantium Church" in Gaza
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