A new report has found that five of the six World Heritage sites in Syria are slowly being destroyed as a result of the Syrian civil war. Satellite images have revealed that the ancient city of Aleppo, the oldest city in Syria sustained considerable damage in the last few years as well as the great Mosque in Suq al-Madina. Other sites affected by the violence include the Ancient City of Bosra, the Ancient site of Palmyra, the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, and two castles: Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din.
As the war rages on, the last world heritage site, Damascus faces similar peril. Some specialist think it may have already been affected. "the Damascus site also could have damage not visible in satellite images," said Susan Wolfinbarger, director of the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project at AAAS.
Officials have made it clear that the forces of the Syrian government and the rebels should act to preserve cultural landmarks regardless of the fighting. Despite this plea, the situation on the ground has yet to change. To read more about this troubling report visit science daily.