Syria from space: satellite images of Heritage Destruction

The 13th century Citadel in Aleppo is one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. It one of Syria's six World Heritage Sites. It has seen heavy fighting during the conflict between the Goverment forces and the rebels. It is pictured here in May 2013, and the area in the white rectangle is shown zoomed in 2014 in the next frame. Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
The 13th century Citadel in Aleppo is one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. It one of Syria’s six World Heritage Sites. It has seen heavy fighting during the conflict between the Goverment forces and the rebels. It is pictured here in May 2013, and the area in the white rectangle is shown zoomed in 2014 in the next frame.
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
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This image was captured on July 14, 2014. The red arrow shows the damaged Ministry of Justice building. The green arrow locates the demolished Khusriwiye Mosque. The blue arrow points to the former location of the Carlton Citadel Hotel, which has been totally destroyed, along with many of the surrounding buildings (yellow arrows) Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
By 10 August 2014, the Khusriwiye Mosque had been almost completely demolished (green arrow), the Grand Serail was heavily damaged (orange arrow) and the dome of the Hammam Yalbougha an-Nasry was destroyed (purple arrow). Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
By 10 August 2014, the Khusriwiye Mosque had been almost completely demolished (green arrow), the Grand Serail was heavily damaged (orange arrow) and the dome of the Hammam Yalbougha an-Nasry was destroyed (purple arrow).
Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
Another World Heritage site, Bosra, has suffered extensive damage. This image from 2011 shows the pristine Roman theatre and nearby archaeological site. Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
Another World Heritage site, Bosra, has suffered extensive damage. This image from 2011 shows the pristine Roman theatre and nearby archaeological site.
Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
By 29 April 2014, however, earthen ramps and berms have been constructed near the theatre’s east entrance, and a small hill at the site to the west has been partially excavated (arrows). Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
By 29 April 2014, however, earthen ramps and berms have been constructed near the theatre’s east entrance, and a small hill at the site to the west has been partially excavated (arrows).
Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
These images show the expansion of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, just across the border from Syria. It is pictured here on September 3, 2013. Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
These images show the expansion of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, just across the border from Syria. It is pictured here on September 3, 2013.
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
This shows the same camp on January 3, 2013 Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
This shows the same camp on January 3, 2013
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
This is Zaatari Refugee Camp on February 26, 2013. It is now one of Jordan's biggest cities, home to thousands of people. Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
This is Zaatari Refugee Camp on February 26, 2013. It is now one of Jordan’s biggest cities, home to thousands of people.
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
Between 10 October 2009 (top) and 8 March 2014 (bottom), the northern section of the Palmyra Archaeological Park has been disrupted by the construction of a new road traversing the site, and numerous earthen berms (pink arrows), many of which are being used to provide cover for military vehicles (yellow arrows). Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
Between 10 October 2009 (top) and 8 March 2014 (bottom), the northern section of the Palmyra Archaeological Park has been disrupted by the construction of a new road traversing the site, and numerous earthen berms (pink arrows), many of which are being used to provide cover for military vehicles (yellow arrows).
Picture: DigitalGlobe/AAAS
The unique Classical-period Dura Europsa city, now abandoned, founded in the 3rd century BC and occupied until the 3rd century AD, demonstrates the diversity of the ancient Middle East. One of the world's earliest churches was discovered here, as was one of the oldest preserved synagogues and numerous temples devoted to polytheistic deities. It is pictured here in June 2012 Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
The unique Classical-period Dura Europsa city, now abandoned, founded in the 3rd century BC and occupied until the 3rd century AD, demonstrates the diversity of the ancient Middle East. One of the world’s earliest churches was discovered here, as was one of the oldest preserved synagogues and numerous temples devoted to polytheistic deities. It is pictured here in June 2012
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
This image from April 14, 2014 documents the scale of destruction that looters continue to inflict on archaeological heritage sites during the ongoing conflict in Syria. The 150 acre site is now covered by looters' pits. Picture: 2014 DigitalGlobe
This image from April 14, 2014 documents the scale of destruction that looters continue to inflict on archaeological heritage sites during the ongoing conflict in Syria. The 150 acre site is now covered by looters’ pits.
Picture: 2014 DigitalGlobe
Thousands of Syrian refugees crossing a bridge over the Tigris River into northern Iraq, August 17, 2013 Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
Thousands of Syrian refugees crossing a bridge over the Tigris River into northern Iraq, August 17, 2013
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
A border crossing in Salameh, Syria, where refugees are trying to cross into Turkey, August 16, 2013 Picture: 2013 DigitalGlobe
A border crossing in Salameh, Syria, where refugees are trying to cross into Turkey, August 16, 2013
Picture: 2013 DigitalGlobe
This DigitalGlobe overview satellite image of Aleppo contains analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that shows 371 roadblocks present in the city on 9 September 2012. Picture: 2013 DigitalGlobe
This DigitalGlobe overview satellite image of Aleppo contains analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that shows 371 roadblocks present in the city on 9 September 2012.
Picture: 2013 DigitalGlobe
1,171 roadblocks are visible in the same area on 26 May 2013 More information and analysis by the AAAS, with more DigitalGlobe images, can be seen here Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty
1,171 roadblocks are visible in the same area on 26 May 2013
More information and analysis by the AAAS, with more DigitalGlobe images, can be seen here
Picture: DigitalGlobe/Getty

Source: The Telegraph

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