A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the monumental entrance (R), which was reconstructed after 1963 by Syrian Directorate of Antiquities, of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID
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Syria has retrieved more than 120 antiquities looted from cemeteries in the millennia-old oasis city of Palmyra following years of destruction and war pillaging, its director of museums said Wednesday.Clashes between the army and rebels have damaged historical sites and buildings throughout Syria, during the four-year-long conflict that has also killed 200,000 people.Unfortunately, some of the looted artefacts have been moved outside Syria, he added.Syria is a cultural treasure trove and home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites. More than 750 archaeological sites have been attacked, Deeb said.
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