The Hamas-run government in Gaza bulldozed part of a UNESCO heritage site to expand a military training zone.
military wing of Hamas, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, bulldozed a
part of the ancient Anthedon Harbor in northern Gaza along the
Mediterranean Sea last month, the Al-Monitor news website reported.
The 3,000-year-old seaport discovered in 1997 was named an international
heritage site by UNESCO in 2012, and is the oldest harbor in Gaza. It
contains mosaic floors with historical pillars from the Roman, Byzantine
and Islamic ages, according to Al-Monitor.
“Due to rising
population in the region, the ministry appreciates the urgent need for
using new pieces of land," the Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism said in a
statement, Al-Monitor reported.