The Cultural Body of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria issued a statement to the public opinion and appealed to the concerned authorities, international official institutions and UNESCO to move quickly to ensure the safety of monuments from looting and theft.
The statement included:
"Throughout the year and a half of the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries' domination on the Syrian region of Afrin, a lot of looting, theft and acts of sabotage have been committed against many cultural and significant archaeological sites.
Now there are more than 40 archaeological sites in the areas of Serêkaniyê / Ras al-Ain and Girê Spî / Tel Abyad threatened by vandalism and theft by the mercenary factions recruited by the Turkish occupation to destroy and loot the monuments of the Syrian civilization.
These archaeological sites are considered as mothers of important sites in Syria, such as Tel Halaf, Tel al-Fakhiriyya, al-Saby Abyad, Hammam al-Turkman, al-Far city and Tel Khuwaira. Furthermore, various archaeological missions from Holland, Germany and Syria had worked in all these sites.
We call on the concerned authorities and official and international institutions, particularly UNESCO to move quickly to ensure the safety of these archaeological sites and protect them from looting and theft by the mercenary factions supported by Turkey, and that these sites are considered a cultural heritage and the property of all peoples."