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November 23, 2015 4:09 pm

Hamas Seizes Chest of Ancient Gold Coins Accidentally Discovered in Gaza

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A chest of Ottoman-era gold coins discovered in Gaza during road work. Photo: Twitter.

A chest of Ottoman-era gold coins discovered in Gaza during road work. Photo: Twitter.

Hamas forces seized a chest full of Ottoman-era gold coins discovered in Gaza, Israeli news site Walla reported on Monday.

The Turkish coins, a serious archaeological find, was uncovered by construction workers paving a road in the neighborhood of Shujaiyeh. A fight broke out over the coins among residents of the area, which was ended when Hamas-controlled police intervened.

The police then confiscated the coins and other archaeological objects that were dug up accidentally, and the Gaza City municipality announced a halt to all construction work in the neighborhood until an archaeologist could properly inspect the scene.

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