Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth; historians claim the site has been lived in for more than 8,000 years. Beautiful buildings which had stood proud for centuries have been reduced to dust and rubble by hundreds of air raids.
Over the past five years, the ancient city has been turned to rubble due to a bloody civil war between the Syrian Government and the Sunnis of the country. In Aleppo over 5,100 civilians were killed in 2016. In all of Syria over 470,000 civilians have been killed during the five year span of the conflict (March 2011 to February 2016), according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.
Other than the death of so many innocent people in Aleppo and across the nation of Syria, what’s saddening is the history of Aleppo and it’s former ancient beauty is being lost to modern destruction. Aleppo being one of the largest cities of the Syria, it is saddening how the world has been absolutely silent on the mass killings in this war. By 2016, all supply lines in Aleppo were cut down and there was massive destruction of heritage.
The Irish Times reported that around 700 to 1000 shops were destroyed by the fire, which had been caused by firing and shelling. The following month, there were reports of the Great Mosque of Aleppo being damaged by rocket-propelled grenades. Fighting with mortars and machine guns caused damage to the main gate and the prayer hall. The attack continued in the mosque till it was repelled by the army. The Citadel of Aleppo was damaged during Syrian army shelling. Rubble and debris lie across previous busy streets now, and buildings appear almost completely destroyed.
Photos show how historic Syrian city of Aleppo has been ravaged by war:
A view of the exterior of Aleppo’s historical Citadel which looks like the latter on December 13, 2016, after government forces captured the area.
Krak des Chevaliers was an ancient castle founded in the 11th century. Krak des Chevaliers was taken over by Syrian rebels in 2011, looking like the latter.
This ancient castle was founded in the 11th century by Emir of Aleppo. The picture latter was taken on March 21, 2014, showing the damage in the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers near the Syria-Lebanon border.
This picture shows a general view of the historic Syrian city of Aleppo, with its landmark citadel in the background. After reported airstrike by government forces next to the Aleppo Citadel, that’s how it looks now.
The picture shows the beautiful Citadel of Aleppo before invasion. Syrian government forces stand next to the blown up gate of Aleppo’s historical citadel in the last picture.