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Gaza unable to crack down on antiquities smuggling

The antiquities that litter the ruins of Gaza are increasingly being trafficked, with the government unable to keep up.
A Palestinian woman wearing a face mask amid the Covid-19 pandemic cleans artifacts at her family-run al-Qarara Cultural Museum, as visitors stopped coming following Gaza authoritiess decision to close tourist places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the southern Gaza Strip on October 19, 2020. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Nov. 25, the Crossings and Ports Supervision Department affiliated with Gaza's Ministry of Interior announced it had foiled an attempt to smuggle antiquities through the Rafah crossing.

It reported seizing four ancient coins from a woman who claimed she was given them by a man who had asked her to deliver them to another man on the other side. She also claimed she was unaware the four pieces were antiquities. The case and the confiscated coins were referred to the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department, which arrested the man who had given her the coins.

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