Authorities capture 5 suspected of robbing 2,000-year-old archaeological site

A view of the Enot Shuim ancient site near Nazareth (video screenshot)
A view of the Enot Shuim ancient site near Nazareth (video screenshot)

Police and the Antiquities Authority say they captured five people Friday suspected of robbing a 2,000-year-old archaeological site in northern Israel.

Authorities began to suspect objects were being stolen from the Enot Shuim site, located near Ein Mahil, north of Nazareth, some three weeks ago.

“Last Friday we decided to take action to capture the robbers,” says Nir Distelfeld, inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit.

“We ambushed them and once we saw them attempt to dig, I called in police forces… Together we caught them red-handed.”

The site houses a community dating back to the Roman-Byzantine period and contains caves thought to have been used by Jews who rebelled against Roman authorities.

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