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Turkish Airstrikes in Syria Destroy Ancient, Christian Sites

Remains of the ancient Neo-Hittite temple in Ain Dara, Syria after being bombed by Turkey (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Remains of the ancient Neo-Hittite temple in Ain Dara, Syria after being bombed by Turkey (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Air strikes by Turkey in Syria destroyed important Christian sites dating back to the Byzantine era and other archaeologica sites from the first millennium BC.

According to the directorate-general of the Syrian Department of Antiquities, the Turkish air forced bombed Barad, 9 miles south of the city of Afrin, where the Turks launched an offensive against the Kurds.

The bombing reported devastated, among other sites, the tomb of Marone, the remains of the cathedral of San Giuliano and an ancient Neo-Hittite temple built by the Arameans in the first millennium BC in Ain Dara, known for its enormous basalt lions.

Former antiquities chief Maamoun Abdul Karim said that the destruction of Ain Dara was “the same level of atrocity” as the deliberate demolition of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra by ISIS.

 

 

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