Police seize ancient handwritten Hebrew manuscripts in anti-smuggling op in southern Turkey

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 26.02.2019 17:52
Updated 26.02.2019 17:55
Photo dated Feb. 26, 2019 shows three Hebrew manuscripts, nine coins and a statue seized form smugglers in Osmaniye. (IHA Photo)
Photo dated Feb. 26, 2019 shows three Hebrew manuscripts, nine coins and a statue seized form smugglers in Osmaniye. (IHA Photo)

Turkish security forces confiscated stolen historical artifacts, including a collection of ancient Hebrew manuscripts, in an anti-smuggling operation Tuesday in Osmaniye province in southern Turkey.

Acting upon a tip-off, the provincial security directorate units carried out a raid on a minibus and seized three handwritten Hebrew manuscripts, nine coins and a small statue of a woman holding a water jug.

The six suspects, who were later identified as Syrian nationals, have been detained and the artifacts have been delivered to the museum's directorate for further examination, according to police.

Turkish security forces regularly carry out raids against smugglers with the goal of protecting historical artifacts discovered in the country.

The government has established a parliamentary investigative committee on the country's stolen cultural artifacts, who will visit countries holding the smuggled items.

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