Syrian War Destroying Nation’s Ancient Treasures
The war in Syria is not just taking a toll on its current residents but on the nation’s history as well. In November, a mortar shell devastated priceless mosaics at the eighth-century Great Mosque in Damascus. In March, a 900-year-old Crusader castle was badly damaged by MiG fighters trying to dislodge rebels hiding within its ancient walls. Such destruction compounds the misery many face: The bombing of the Aleppo souks, for example, saw the livelihoods of 35,000 people go up in flames.