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Turkey: 71 historical artifacts seized in Istanbul

Recovered artifacts believed to belong to Byzantine, Ottoman eras

Huseyin Bagis   | 02.02.2021
Turkey: 71 historical artifacts seized in Istanbul Photo: Erhan Elaldi - Anadolu Ajansı

ISTANBUL

At least 71 historical artifacts were seized and two suspects arrested in an operation in Istanbul, a security source said on Tuesday.

Anti-smuggling teams of police raided three addresses in the Besiktas district of the metropolis, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Seized items, believed to belong to the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, were evaluated to be detached from historical buildings.

The artifacts will be handed over to the Istanbul Archeology Museum.

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