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Discovery of a 4,500-year-old statuette in Gaza

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The 22-centimeter-long limestone-cut statuette was found by a farmer working his land in Khan Yunis, according to the Hamas Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the ruling Islamist movement in Gaza.

“The statue represents Anat who was the Canaanite goddess of love and beauty,” Jamal Abou Reda, who deals with Antiquities at the ministry, said in a statement.

It was discovered on what was an important “land trade route for several civilizations” that lived on the territory of the current Gaza Strip, Abou Reda said.

In February, workers at a construction site in northern Gaza discovered 31 Roman-era tombs dating back to the 1st century.

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These discoveries are most recent in Gaza, where sightseeing at archeological sites is limited by the blockade imposed by Israel following Hamas’ takeover in 2007.

Israel and Egypt, countries bordering the Gaza Strip where 2.3 million Palestinians live, are severely restricted from entering and leaving Palestinian territory.

In January, a 5th-century Byzantine church was reopened by Hamas after years of restoration work by foreign donors.

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