Peruvian police arrested 60 mostly Israeli youth for vandalism and partying with drugs and alcohol on an ancient archeological site, state media reported Tuesday.
The backpackers reportedly held a raucous party involving drugs, alcohol and orgies. The party-goers left a great deal of rubbish and drug paraphernalia at the site, which was closed to the public.
The archeological dig at Sacsayhuaman, is found just outside of Cuzco, Peru, and has been a popular destination for young Israeli backpackers looking to clear their mind after being released from their army service.
Another report by volunteers working at the site stated that the Israeli youth had stolen artifacts found at the dig site and cans of spray-paint were discovered in their possession. The artifacts were reportedly discovered by the youth while they constructed illegal, makeshift shelters for the party, and pocketed those artifacts, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Culture's Deputy Director of the Department of Conservation Marco Kopel.
The sixty youth were arrested and reports on the incident were aired on state television, while Israel's Foreign Ministry was unavailable to deal with the situation due to the ongoing strike.
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