I have written a lot about the annihilation of the Syrian Cities and the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage, mainly by the regime’s air borne, Sarin free, weapons of mass destruction: missiles, fighter jets, helicopter gunships and the like. This is not to absolve the involvement of some rebel fighters who were fighting or took refuge in the historic Old city and its monuments. Never the less, it is annihilation and death raining from the skies and heavy artillery that destroys indiscriminately, absolutely and totally.
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Protect Syrian Archaeology حماية الآثار السورية©
They describe the Great Mosque of Aleppo, finished in 717 AD, and its surroundings as they lay in ruins after it was bombarded, set fire to then shelled with heavy and light artillery until its historic minaret collapsed.
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After the terrible destruction suffered by the mosque attempts were made by the archaeologists on the ground under the supervision of the Governate of Aleppo to save and protect some remaining landmarks of the mosque like the shrine of the Prophet Zakaria, the pulpit, the Miharb and the sundial outside in the severely damaged courtyard.