Israeli woman arrested for carving initials into a pillar at Rome Colosseum
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Israeli woman arrested for carving initials into a pillar at Rome Colosseum

The tourist, 39, will face vandalism charges after starting to scratch her family’s initials into a column of the ancient arena

A view of the Colosseum, lit ahead of Pope Francis arrival for the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A view of the Colosseum, lit ahead of Pope Francis arrival for the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A 39-year-old Israeli woman was arrested after starting to carve her family’s initials into a column of the Colosseum in Rome, Hebrew media reported Friday.

The woman was detained Thursday after she was found using a rock to etch her initials and those of her husband and children into one of the inner pillars in the Roman arena, the world’s largest amphitheater, which dates from 70-80 CE.

She had carved several letters before she was spotted and stopped.

Local police later released her on bail and she was expected to appear before a judge in the coming days to face charges of vandalizing an historic building.

Reports said the Israeli woman was only the latest of several people arrested for such vandalism at the Colosseum.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was aware of the incident and it was being dealt with by the consul in Rome.

Officials at the site said the damage was minor and would be repaired quickly.

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