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Gaza construction threatens site of Byzantine church

A construction project has bulldozed the remains of a Byzantine church, angering Gaza’s Christians, archaeologists and historians.
A general view shows the remnants of a Byzantine church during the inauguration of Mukheitim archaeological site, Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 24, 2022.

Despite the fact that six years have passed since the discovery of a church dating back to the Byzantine era, specifically to the sixth century, a state of anger and indignation continues to reign among researchers and experts about this great discovery in central Gaza City, amid Hamas’ ongoing encroachments on the relics. 

These researchers have called on UNESCO to cooperate with them in the search and preservation of Gaza’s antiquities.

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