A mosaic is pictured inside Idlib museum in Idlib city, after Islamist rebel fighters took control of the area April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Bayoush
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Around 15,000 antiquities locked away in safes around the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib are at risk of being sold on the black market, the head of antiquities and museums Maamoun Abdel-Karim told Reuters Friday.The 15,000 antiquities were crafted throughout Syria's rich history, stretching back millennia.Damascus estimates that more than 1,500 items may have been stolen from museums in Raqqa, a city in northeastern Syria now controlled by ISIS militants, and Deir Atiyeh, north of Damascus.
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