Prominent rebel faction involved in stealing ancient Jewish antiquities from Damascus
Syrian activists have confirmed that the Turkish authorities have arrested persons belonging to the faction of the “Faylaq Al-Rahman” while trying to sell Jewish manuscripts owned by a Jewish synagogue in Damascus.
Activists pointed out that the antiquities belonged to the “Eliyahu Hanafi” church (Elijah the Prophet – Elias) in the Joubar Damascene neighborhood, which is considered the oldest synagogue for Jews in the world.
According to Turkish media, Turkish security forces arrested four Syrians and a Turk in the Balkh state of northwestern Turkey, holding two ancient copies of the Bible dating back to BC, engraved on the skin of a deer and embroidered with gold, emeralds and sapphires.
According to the media, those arrested were trying to sell the property of the synagogue by 8 million Turkish lira (about two million dollars).
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