French archaeologists are secretly excavating archeology in the governorate of Deir al Zour in eastern Syria, under the protection of elements of the Kurdish protection unites who are serving in US backed Syria Democratic Forces.
According to local sources, French experts have been conducting for months the search and excavation of antiquities at the archaeological site “Dor Catlemo” and its surroundings, in the town of “Ghriba Ash Sharqiya” in the northern countryside of Deir al Zour.
The French experts are working secretly under the protection of elements of Kurdish protection unites who are serving in US backed Syria Democratic Forces, where the excavation work begins after midnight, and continues until the morning, amid great secrecy, while the SDF elements warned the people in the villages surrounding the site from approaching.
The sources pointed out that the French experts are transferring what they found and steal it, taking them from the monuments to Omar oil field, in which there are US and foreign forces bases, including French forces.
“Dor Katalimo” is an important archaeological site located in an area now called “Sheikh Hamad Hill”, on the eastern bank of al Khabour River (one of River Euphrates in the region), and is about 70 km to the north of the city of Deir al Zour.
The site dates back to the Middle Assyrian period, between the fourteenth century BC and the tenth century BC.
There are about 200 French soldiers in the SDF controlled area where is the international coalition forces led by the US in north-eastern Syria.