Tomb raiders arrested in Ashkelon National Park for looting, damaging ancient site

Three Bedouin men were arrested Friday night for breaking into, and attempting to loot, an ancient burial site in Ashkelon National Park, the Antiquities Authority Robbery Prevention Unit announced on Sunday.

According to an IAA spokesman, the suspects, all in their 30s, drove an SUV from their village outside Beersheba to the Byzantine-era tomb equipped with a sophisticated metal detector and digging tools.

“They broke into the ancient tombs and during their dig caused irreparable damage to grave stones, ancient pottery and the coffins,” said IAA Robbery Prevention inspector and archeologist Guy Fitoussi by phone Sunday.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tomb-raiders-arrested-in-Ashkelon-National-Park-for-looting-damaging-ancient-site-389658

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