Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 15, 2012
On Saturday October 13-2012, a fire sparked in part of the historical big Omayyad mosque in Aleppo after Assad military forces used the mosque complex as a base of operations due to its strategic location and because of its similarity to a fortress, which led to the rebels fighting back to regain their control over the ancient mosque, as reported by Newlebanon news "The fighting caused a fire to break out in part of the complex," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.”
SEO views the attacks on the historical ancient sites in Syria during the 19 months of Syrian revolution as alarming sign reflecting not only the regime’s failure to protect the Syrian heritage, but also the regime intention to damage Archaeological monuments.
In an article published on September 29th -2012, Huffington post highlighted the damages inflicted on several ancient sites across Syria, in reference to the most tragic incident of the fire that sparked in the old souks in Aleppo, “ Across the country, looters have broken into a historic castle, stolen artifacts from museums and damaged ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra, antiquities officials and Syrian experts say.”
Abu Raed, an activist from Aleppo, said” We were shocked and tearful by the scene remained after Assad forces withdraw from the mosque. Their barbarity had stretched to every corner of the holy place; Quran was burned, wine was spilled inside the mosque, damages and destruction could be seen everywhere in the building, stolen goods and gears from the nearby stores were packed in some of its rooms, and much more. For the first time, I felt that the part of me is dying with the damage inflicted against the big Omayyad mosque.”
SEO urges UNESCO and the international community to exert additional efforts to protect the Syrian heritage and the ancient sites. SEO believes that the only exist for the current deterioration in Syria is the oust of Assad regime and dissolution of its security forces.