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Covid-19 pandemic sees sharp rise in looting of antiquities in Iraq

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By: Lucile WASSERMANN | Jack HEWSON
6 min

In Iraq, the looting of artefacts has been on the rise since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the coronavirus, few tourists or foreign archaeologists now visit historical sites. As a result, many of these areas are left unguarded, at the mercy of looters. FRANCE 24's Iraq correspondents spent time with those involved in the uphill struggle against this illicit trade.

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