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‘Jewel of Roman Empire’ in peril

UNESCO declared Sabratha to be at risk in July 2016, along with four other Libyan sites on its World Heritage list

AFP, SABRATHA, Libya

In March, Spain’s interior ministry announced the seizure “of numerous works of art” from the Cyrenaica and Tripolitania regions, including seven mosaics, sarcophagi and pieces of Egyptian origin.

Madrid said it had proof that two necropolises were looted by “terrorist groups.”

Officials in the antiquities department attempt to save what they can, often through desperate measures.

Museums have closed — including in Tripoli — and some archaeological treasures have been transferred to a “safe place,” Chakchouki said.

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