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Three Looting Suspects Arrested at First-Century Site in Israel

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

EMEK HEFER, ISRAEL—The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the capture of three suspects using digging tools at a first-century burial chamber near Kibbutz Metzer in central Israel. The authorities think the suspects are responsible for a wave of archaeological thefts in the area. “Unfortunately, the cave and desert fortress was badly damaged,” said Nir Distelfeld of the IAA robbery prevention unit.