Photographed before conflicts began, the mile-long remnants of the colonnade of the Roman city of Apamea in Syria. The site was reportedly shelled and occupied recently by Syrian government tanks.
Image credit Christian Sahner
 
David Arnold, writing for the Voice of America yesterday, reports that –
 
The civil war in Syria has resulted in the deaths of more than 90,000 people and forced an estimaed three million to flee their homes. Now, experts fear the fighting also is destroying cultural artefacts and archaeological sites on an unprecedented scale. With limited access because of the fighting, archaeologists and experts on Syrian culture try to monitor thousands of important sites representing five to six thousand years of civilization.
 
Just this past week, Irina Bokova, the UNESCO director-general, noted that the destruction had been especially devastating in and around the northern city of Aleppo. “After the damages on the Citadel and the burning of the souks, and previous damage to the Great Mosque last October, it has been reported that considerable destruction has taken place at the Mosque on Thursday 28 February,” Bokova said, adding that it had turned “this place of peace and study, one of the most beautiful mosques of all Islamic culture, into a devastated battlefield, notably its museum and library of manuscripts.”
 
Full story here. See also our earlier feature here.