(July 10, 2014) — Syria is seeing its cultural heritage vandalized, looted and destroyed by war.
In March the Syrian air force bombed the world’s best preserved Crusader Castle, the 12th Century Krak des Chevaliers in Homs province. In November a mortar shell, fired from rebel-held areas in the north-eastern suburbs of the capital, Damascus, struck the priceless mosaics on the facade of the 8th Century Great Mosque – the spiritual heart of the city. Another shell fired the same month penetrated the western face of the perimeter wall of the Damascus Citadel, leaving a hole nearly one metre wide near the recently restored Throne Room. Syria’s third largest city after Aleppo and Damascus is Homs, home to most of the country’s factories and oil refineries. The Old City of Homs suffered more aerial bombardment than any other city in Syria. More…
BBC By Diana Darke
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