Israeli archeologists at work in Palmyra under heavy Russian guard: sources

Syrian opposition sources in the city of Homs said Tuesday that a delegation of Israeli archeologists is conducting excavations in the Syrian city of Palmyra under heavy Russian guard. The archeologists are said to be searching for ancient Hebrew inscriptions on the antiquities.
The sources, who did not specify when the archeologists arrived, say that the Israelis are living within the Russian military camp that was set up next to the city, and that they are accompanied by a large group of Russian soldiers whenever they go to work. The Israelis are said to have brought interpreters to help them communicate with the soldiers.
According to the sources, the archeologists are working at four sites in the city but their main work is at the al-Naser arch where they are expecting to find monuments with ancient Jewish writing. 
The sources claim that the archeologists have only found a mummy and some gold. No discovery of ancient Jewish relics has been reported.
DEBKAfile: There is no doubt that the publication is intended to damage Syrian President Bashar Assad and show that his decision to enable the Russian military to operate in Syria resulted in the presence of the Israelis in the country.   

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