Saturday, July 13, 2013

Syria Bombing Damages Christian Crusade Castle; Tower of Famed Krak des Chevaliers Castle Struck

An air raid on Syria's famed Krak des Chevaliers castle -- a UNESCO World Heritage site -- has damaged one of the fortress's towers, the Newsmax World website reports today (July 13, 2013).

The Krak des Chevaliers was built between 1142 and 1271, according to UNESCO, and along with the adjoining Qalat Salah el-Din fortress, is considered to be one of the best preserved Crusader castles in existence.

Several videos posted online show at least one air strike yesterday against the castle in central Homs province, where fighting is raging between Syrian government troops and rebel forces.

The footage shows a huge blast as a tower of the castle -- which is built on a hill -- appears to take a direct hit, throwing up large clouds of smoke and scattering debris in the air.

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