Syria: Aleppo's Citadel damaged in clashe, eyewitnesses said

Archeologists denounce damage to UN World Heritage site

10 August, 15:26

(ANSAMed) - BEIRUT, AUGUST 10 - Clashes between rebels and government forces in the ancient Citadel of Aleppo, a UN World Heritage site, damaged one of the stone footbridges that lead into the fortress, eyewitnesses in the embattled city said on Friday.

Syrian archeologists today published photos and a video of the damage to the Citadel on their Arab-language Facebook page titled Syria's Endangered Archeological Heritage. The video shows Syrian government tanks lining up at the Citadel, and a group of soldiers crossing the damaged footbridge into the fort near its first guard tower.

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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