Security forces seize gilded Bible, Hebrew edict in southeastern Turkey

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 14.09.2019 19:18
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Turkish security forces have seized an ancient gilded Bible along with an edict bearing Hebrew scripts in an anti-smuggling operation in southeastern Turkey's Diyarbakır province, the governor's office said in a statement Saturday.

The provincial gendarmerie forces found out through investigations that four suspects were planning to illegally sell a book estimated to be 800-years-old. The suspects were caught red-handed during the operation conducted in Yenişehir district on Sept. 12, the statement said.

The Bible confiscated in the operation was 30-pages and had a leather cover.

A probe was launched into six suspects in connection with the smuggling incident.

Thousands of anti-smuggling operations are carried out across Turkey every year to halt the illegal sale of historical objects and protect the country's rich cultural heritage. The issue is crucial to a country that is home to about 3,000 ancient cities from 42 civilizations and whose tourism industry relies on its rich historical heritage to attract millions of foreign visitors each year.

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