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October 3 2012

Syria siege on Aleppo alarms antiquities experts


CAIRO (AP) The pictures shown Monday at a gathering of Arab antiquities experts gave a glimpse into the damage Syria's civil war has wreaked on the heritage of one of the world's most ancient cities.

The wooden gates of Aleppo's medieval Citadel are gone, a stone engraving above it damaged. A bomb crater now marks the entrance, and its walls are pockmarked with bullet holes. A stump is all that remains of the minaret of the 14th century al-Kiltawiya school. A rocket has crashed into el-Mihmandar Mosque, also built some 700 years ago.

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