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Insurgents damage ancient citadel in Syria

Clashes between government forces and rebels in Syria have damaged one of the stone footbridges that leads into the ancient Citadel of Aleppo, a UN World Heritage site.

The Syrian National Council, which is the main opposition platform within Syria and abroad, today accused government forces of damaging an unspecified section of the Citadel with mortar fire. But according to Strasbourg-based Syrian archeologist Ali Cheikmoush, who is documenting and denouncing the damage being inflicted on Syria’s monuments, the footbridge was damaged in a raid by Free Syrian Army insurgents, who blew up one of the gates to get into the fort in search of snipers.

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Story: ANSAMed | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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