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Around 300 treasures belonging to world cultural heritage lost in Syria during civil war

December 23, 2014, 16:25 UTC+3 GENEVA
Satellite monitoring of eighteen territories in Syria showed that considerable losses were inflicted on dozens of objects of cultural value, in particular, in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus
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Minaret of a famed 12th century Umayyad mosque before it was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria
Minaret of a famed 12th century Umayyad mosque before it was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria
Minaret of a famed 12th century Umayyad mosque before it was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria
© AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File
Belongings of Syrian rebels inside a chapel at Crac des Chevaliers, the world's best preserved medieval Crusader castle, in Syria
Belongings of Syrian rebels inside a chapel at Crac des Chevaliers, the world's best preserved medieval Crusader castle, in Syria
Belongings of Syrian rebels inside a chapel at Crac des Chevaliers, the world's best preserved medieval Crusader castle, in Syria
© AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File
Damage at the entrance of Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus, Syria
Damage at the entrance of Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus, Syria
Damage at the entrance of Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus, Syria
© EPA/SANA HANDOUT
General view of the village Maaloula north of Damascus
General view of the village Maaloula north of Damascus
General view of the village Maaloula north of Damascus
© EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI
Church in the Maaloula village
Church in the Maaloula village
Church in the Maaloula village
© EPA/SANA HANDOUT
A general view of ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria
A general view of ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria
A general view of ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria
© EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI
Workers preparing to install a statue of Jesus on Mount Sednaya, Syria. In the midst of a civil war rife with sectarianism, a 12.3-meter tall, bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions - Syrian forces, rebels and gunmen in the Christian town of Sednaya
Workers preparing to install a statue of Jesus on Mount Sednaya, Syria. In the midst of a civil war rife with sectarianism, a 12.3-meter tall, bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions - Syrian forces, rebels and gunmen in the Christian town of Sednaya
Workers preparing to install a statue of Jesus on Mount Sednaya, Syria. In the midst of a civil war rife with sectarianism, a 12.3-meter tall, bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions - Syrian forces, rebels and gunmen in the Christian town of Sednaya
© AP Photo/Samir El-Gadban, St. Paul's and St. George's Foundation
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Minaret of a famed 12th century Umayyad mosque before it was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria
© AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File
Belongings of Syrian rebels inside a chapel at Crac des Chevaliers, the world's best preserved medieval Crusader castle, in Syria
© AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File
Damage at the entrance of Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus, Syria
© EPA/SANA HANDOUT
General view of the village Maaloula north of Damascus
© EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI
Church in the Maaloula village
© EPA/SANA HANDOUT
A general view of ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria
© EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI
Workers preparing to install a statue of Jesus on Mount Sednaya, Syria. In the midst of a civil war rife with sectarianism, a 12.3-meter tall, bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions - Syrian forces, rebels and gunmen in the Christian town of Sednaya
© AP Photo/Samir El-Gadban, St. Paul's and St. George's Foundation

GENEVA, December 23. /TASS/. More than 290 objects of cultural value in Syria, which are on the UN list of world cultural heritage, have been either damaged or destroyed during the civil war in Syria which has been going on for four years, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said in a report released Tuesday.

Satellite monitoring of eighteen territories in Syria showed that considerable losses were inflicted on dozens of objects of cultural value, in particular, in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus. Archaeological treasures of Palmyra and an ancient crusaders' castle 65 kilometers west of the city of Homs were heavily damaged as well, the UNITAR report said.

Serious damage was caused to 104 objects of cultural and historical value; relatively moderate damage was caused to 85 more cultural treasures; twenty-four other cultural monuments are believed to have been completely destroyed, the UNITAR report said.

The authors of the report have called to pool additional efforts on a national and international levels for the sake of rescue of the remaining cultural heritage in Syria, which might be saved yet, which is of great importance to the whole mankind.

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