ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 53–54 (August 18, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Allison Cuneo, Kyra Kaercher, Katherine Burge, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, and Erin Van Gessel

Download Report 53–54

Key points from this report:

  • ISIL executes Syrian archaeologist Khalid al‐Assad, former Director of Palmyra Antiquities.
  • Syrian DGAM Deputy Director Qassem Abdullah Yahya killed in a rocket attack on the Damascus Citadel.
  • Airstrike caused substantial damage to the Khan Assad Pasha in Maarat al‐Nu’man.
  • Daraa National Museum in southern Syria continues to suffer combat damage.
  • Airstrike damage to the Tadmor Museum was reported.
  • ISIL’s "Bureau of Propaganda for the District of Fallujah" posted 19 photos showing the destruction of multiple Sufi shrines and graves in the Fallujah, Iraq area.

* This report is based on research conducted by the “Syria Preservation Initiative: Planning for Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria." Weekly reports reflect reporting from a variety of sources and may contain unverified material. As such, they should be treated as preliminary and subject to change.

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