Too late: Gazan bulldozers destroyed the newly discovered Byzantine church

Archaeologists, supported by an Anglican priest, revolt: the Byzantine church of the XNUMXth century, just emerging from the ground, was almost destroyed by construction workers.

A Gaza, as in all ancient cities, as soon as we start any construction site, ruins are brought to light. Those of this great Byzantine church of more than 15 centuries, discovered not long ago, already excited archaeologists and all those interested in the history of this part of the world. A large church from the very first centuries of our era resurfaced in this Muslim territory, indisputably recalling its Christian history.

But it is almost forgotten, because the workers, paid to prepare the construction of a shopping center, continued their earthworks as if nothing had happened. It seems that no one intervened to stop them in their destruction of this rich archaeological site. Archaeologists, among others Palestinians, are in shock and call for the preservation of the site.

Ibrahim Nairouz, Anglican priest from Nablus, denounced the facts to the Palestinian prime minister and the minister in charge of antiques and tourism. He wonders if this is not above all a Christianophobic act.


Source: Agenzia Fides

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