Turkish Planes Bomb Ancient Christian Heritage Sites in Northern Syria

Turkish planes bombed ancient Christian heritage sites this week in northern Syria.

The Turkish regime destroyed the tomb of Saint Maroun, known as the Abu Morana in the village of Brad, northwest of Aleppo

The Turkish regime destroyed the tomb of Saint Maroun, known as the Abu Morana in the village of Brad, northwest of Aleppo.

Asia News reported:

Turkish air raids have damaged an ancient Christian heritage site in northeastern Syria near the city of Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria, which Ankara-led forces captured on 17 March, Syria’s antiquities department said Thursday.

“Turkish regime planes bombed the archaeological site of Brad, 15 kilometres south of Afrin city,” the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums said in a statement.

Brad – which includes many Byzantine churches and monasteries as well as tombs dating back to the Roman period – has been on Unesco’s world heritage list since 2011.

Rockets “destroyed many important archaeological buildings”, including the tomb of Saint Maron of the Maronite community, said Syrian antiquities chief Mahmoud Hamoud.

Turkish planes also destroyed “the Julianus Church, which includes the mausoleum and is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, built at the end of the 4th century,” he added.

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