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Iran arrests thieves digging secret tunnel to steal from synagogue

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Iran arrests thieves digging secret tunnel to steal from synagogue

A gang of illegal diggers in Urmia who’ve been attempting to capture a synagogue have been arrested, Iran Global TV reported.

“These individuals had secretly dug a tunnel main to the historical synagogue internal their internal most dwelling located within the historical context and adjacent to the Kalimiyan Synagogue in Urmia,” declared Col. Behzad Hijabi, commander of the safety unit of the Fashionable Directorate of Heritage, Custom, Tourism and Handicrafts of West Azerbaijan Province.

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“After receiving the list of the native communities that illegal excavations have been implemented within the historical context of Urmia, the important measures to arrest these individuals have been positioned on the agenda,” Hijabi mentioned.

Tunnel digged to Kalimiyan Synagogue in Iran (Credit: Diarna)Tunnel digged to Kalimiyan Synagogue in Iran (Credit: Diarna)

“On this operation, whereas titillating two illegal diggers, a resolution of drilling tools and gear akin to electric wires, pulleys, ropes and buckets have been seized,” Hijabi continued, concluding by pronouncing that “a resolution of pottery objects and broken pottery have been also observed and confiscated at some stage within the dug tunnel.” 

In 2017, two synagogues in Iran have been vandalized, one within the southern Iranian metropolis of Shiraz that had Torah scrolls ripped, apart from to prayer books thrown within the toilet and prayer shaw;s and tefillin broken and “soiled”.

In 2015, an pale Torah scroll stolen from an unnamed synagogue within the the same metropolis turned into as soon as returned to the native Jewish community after it turned into as soon as chanced on by the Progressive Guard Corps’ Basij paramilitary unit.

Iran had between 80,000 and 100,000 Jews prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution but most have since fled, basically to the United States, Israel and Europe.

There within the intervening time are supreme about 8,500 left, largely in Tehran but additionally in Isfahan and Shiraz, main cities south of the capital.

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Iran arrests thieves digging secret tunnel to steal from synagogue