The Czech National Museum [NM] is to help preserve and store Syrian historical artefacts.
The Prague-based institution will also help train Syrian preservation experts as part of an effort to help protect the cultural heritage of Syria, a country torn apart by more than five years of civil war.
With the ancient city of Aleppo already partly destroyed and under threat from ongoing battles, NM director Michal Lukes visited Syria and discussed the cooperation with Syrian Director-General for Antiquities and Museums Maamoun Abdulkarim.
Initially, Syrian conservationists will be backed with humanitarian aid, including items needed for the preservation, restoration and safe storage of archaeological artefacts. Special attention will be given to UNESCO-listed sites