Monday, November 23, 2015

Hamas seize chest of Ottoman gold coins

Hamas forces seized a chest full of Ottoman-era gold coins discovered in Gaza, Israeli news site Walla reported on Monday.

The Turkish coins, an important archaeological find, was uncovered by construction workers paving a road in the neighborhood of Shujaiyeh. A fight broke out over the coins among residents of the area, which was ended when Hamas-controlled police intervened.
The police then confiscated the coins and other archaeological objects that were dug up, and the Gaza City municipality announced a halt to all construction work in the neighborhood until an archaeologist could inspect the scene.
Much of Gaza City's Shujaiyeh neighborhood was destroyed in the 2014 war.