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News: Israel-Palestine
Remains of Anthedon along the coast of Gaza.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Ancient Anthedon in danger

Concerns over construction work close to ancient port city in Gaza

UNESCO and Gaza Strip activists have expressed major concerns over construction work planned to take place over the remains of the ancient port-city of Anthedon, along the coast of Gaza, Palestine.

Reports from the al-Monitor website state that the work threatening the monuments is commissioned by Hamas, as its armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, is intended to build a new military installation in the area. According to eye witnesses, construction work has already started with bulldozers operating close to the area where remains of the 3,000-year old city of Anthedon have been located in the form of mosaics and pillars from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Hamas officials have ensured that the work concerns a limited area and they have stated that major attention will be paid so as not to damage archaeological material.