Syria Fighting Destroys 12th-Century Minaret

Both sides trade blame over shelling of mosque in Aleppo

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2013 3:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – An ancient minaret at a mosque in Syria has been reduced to a pile of rubble, reports AP. Insurgents are blaming the government, and the government is blaming insurgents, but either way the minaret of the 12-century Umayyad Mosque is history. The mosque is located in Aleppo's Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and other parts of the complex also sustained damage. Last year, UNESCO called the site "one of the most beautiful mosques in the world" and appealed for its protection, reports the BBC.

This combination of two citizen journalist images provided by Aleppo Media Center shows the minaret standing, at right, and missing.
This combination of two citizen journalist images provided by Aleppo Media Center shows the minaret standing, at right, and missing.   (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)
A photo from March of the Umayyad mosque, showing the minaret.
A photo from March of the Umayyad mosque, showing the minaret.   (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)
This image taken from video obtained from Aleppo Media Center shows the damaged Umayyad mosque.
This image taken from video obtained from Aleppo Media Center shows the damaged Umayyad mosque.   (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)
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Video posted by the anti-government Aleppo Media Center shows the minaret's rubble.   (YouTube)

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