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In pictures: Umayyad Mosque burns
One of Syria’s oldest and largest mosques, the Umayyad Mosque in the old city of Aleppo, was set on fire over the weekend as government troops and rebel fighters waged fierce battles for control.
Dating back to the 12th Century, the mosque has been caught in the crossfire of Syria’s civil war because of its strategic location in the heart of downtown Aleppo.
Last week, Unesco appealed for the protection of the world heritage-listed site, which it described as “one of the most beautiful mosques in the Muslim world” …
More: BBC News
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