Hamas bulldozes UNESCO site for military training

By JTA
April 16, 2013 07:38

The Hamas-run government in Gaza bulldozed part of a UNESCO heritage site to expand a military training zone.

The 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.


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