Yolande Knell “Gaza farmer finds 4,500-year-old statue of Canaanite goddess” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-61228553
Unveiling the artefact at a press conference on Tuesday, Jamal Abu Rida of the Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the statue was "resistant against time" and had been carefully examined by experts.
He said that it made a political point.
Not all archaeological finds in Gaza have been so highly appreciated or fared so well.
Hamas - an Islamist, militant organisation - has previously been accused of destroying the remains of a large, fortified Canaanite town, Tell al-Sakan, to make way for housing and military bases south of highly populated Gaza City.
However, this year Hamas reopened the remains of a 5th Century Byzantine church after foreign donors helped pay for a years-long restoration project.
Work also stopped at a building site in northern Gaza when 31 Roman-era tombs were found there.
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