Video footage provided by rebels in the Syrian Civil War shows an air strike on Crac des Chevaliers, one of the most famous castles of the Middle Ages.
The video shows the attack from two different viewpoints. A large blast is seen from one of the main towers of the castle, which was built by Crusader forces during the 12th and 13th centuries.
A second video shows the damage caused by the air strike.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed deep shock at news of further destruction to cultural heritage in Syria and calls upon all parties to cease the fighting around this and other historical landmarks. In a statement she explains “destroying the inheritance of the past, which is the legacy for future generations, serves no purpose except that of deepening hatred and despair and it further weaken the foundations for cohesion of Syrian society.”
A report from last year also indicated that Crac des Chevaliers was damaged in the fighting between rebels and supporters of the Syrian government.