File - A bronze statue of the Greek God Apollo, as photographed in Gaza, September 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gaza's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
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Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.Others soon guessed at its importance, and the statue briefly appeared on eBay with a $500,000 price tag – well below its true value.The statue appears to have been cast sometime between the fifth and the first century B.C., making it at least 2,000 years old.The 26-year-old father of two said he saw a humanlike shape lying in shallow waters some 100 meters offshore, just north of the Egyptian-Gaza border.At first he thought it was a badly burnt body, but when he dove down to take a closer look, he realized it was a statue. Ahmed al-Bursh, director of archaeology of Gaza's Tourism Ministry, said he had seen the piece and promised that Ghrab would receive a reward once the issue was resolved. Once police release the statue, his ministry plans to repair it and put it on show in Gaza.Some 5,000 years of history lie beneath the sands of the Gaza Strip, which was ruled at various times by ancient Egyptians, Philistines, Romans, Byzantines and Crusaders.
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