Damascus distroys its own heritage

01 Sep 2012 12:56 PM | Anonymous

Damascus distroys its own heritage

With some historical sites being turned into military barracks and others being damaged and robbed, the alarm is being raised about the need to protect Syria's cultural sites

Civilisation in Syria is thousands of years old, and like that of other countries in the Middle East its ancient heritage bears witness to human history and to some of the world's first urban civilisations. However, as the fighting escalates in Syria and towns and cities are bombarded using artillery and tanks, the remains of the country's ancient civilisations are in the line of fire and are at risk of being looted or destroyed.

Figures from the Syrian opposition are now raising the alarm about the need to save Syria's heritage, while antiquities experts are warning of the danger of destruction and theft that is looming over the country's historic treasures, including Aramaic, Greek, Roman and Islamic sites.


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