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Jordan asks U.N. to recover scrolls

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Posted on Jan. 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

The Jordanian government has asked the United Nations to help it take the Dead Sea Scrolls from Israel.

Jordan last week filed a complaint with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, claiming that Israel stole the 900 ancient religious text fragments from an eastern Jerusalem museum during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Canada rejected a request by Jordan earlier this month to confiscate the documents under international law. The scrolls are on display through Sunday at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

A Jordanian antiquities official said in a statement that Jordan has documents to prove it owns the scrolls.

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