Palestinian archaeologist Hyam al-Betar looks at artifacts excavated during the construction of a commercial building in Gaza City, on April 4, 2016. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)
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Construction workers in Gaza have discovered ancient ruins that archaeologists say may be part of a Byzantine church dating from around 1,500 years ago, the Palestinian tourism and antiquities ministry said on Monday.Several discoveries have been made in recent years but a lack of funding and skills has hindered the ministry's ability to excavate and preserve the findings, Abu Rida said. His ministry employs just 40 excavation workers.The site is located not far from Gaza's old spice market, near the ancient Omari Mosque, built a thousand years ago, and the Church of Saint Porphyrius, dating from the 5th century.
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