Turkish Warplanes Destroy Brad Archaeological Site in Afrin

Syria's antiquities chief calls on international bodies to help protect the country's heritage from the Turkish offensive, SANA reports

Turkish warplanes have destroyed the Brad archaeological site to the south of Afrin city in northern Aleppo province.

General Director of Antiquities and Museums Mahmoud Hamoud told SANA that the Turkish raids on the archaeological site on Wednesday led to the destruction of many important archaeological buildings, including the tomb of St. Maron and the Church of Julianos, one of the oldest Christian churches in the world which was built at the end of the 4th century AD.

The site is home to many Byzantine churches and monasteries, as well as a temple, a bath, houses, mills and a cemetery, all dating back to the Roman era during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

Hamoud urged “the international organizations concerned, which registered these sites on their lists, to do their moral and human duty to condemn the Turkish aggression on Syrian heritage sites and expose it to the world.”

In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed the Brad site on the World Heritage List.

Since the beginning of its assault on Afrin city, Turkish forces have vandalized a number of archaeological sites in the area.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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