Thieves have destroyed the Akkese Cave Church in the province of Viranshehir, Urfa, Western Armenia. The residents of the district want the destroyed church to be restored.

Akkese is known as a sacred place for Yezidis. The church was destroyed in the Byzantine period. Although the interior of the church became unusable due to damage, the images of peacocks and snakes, considered sacred in Yezidi traditions, were destroyed from the walls.

This is not the first time that treasure hunters have damaged cultural heritage values. Most of those who come here are looking for gold. The authorities must find a solution for this situation.