ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 109–110 (September 1, 2016 – September 15, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • A suicide bomber detonated a device outside a Shia mosque in Mandali, Diyala Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0030).
  • New photographs show the extent of the damage to a mosque in Tadmor, Homs Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 15-0160 UPDATE).
  • SARG forces and pro-regime militias allegedly shelled the Ayyubid Citadel in Bosra, Daraa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0138 UPDATE).
  • APSA published images of damage to the ancient city walls near Bab Qinnasrin and Bab Antakya in Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0139).
  • SARG and regime-allied warplanes allegedly struck and damaged four mosques in Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0140).
  • A video allegedly shows an airstrike on a mosque in Arbaeen, Hama Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0141).
  • New video footage shows damage to three mosques in the Qaboun neighborhood of Damascus (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0142).
  • SARG warplanes allegedly fired missiles on three mosques in Daraa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0143).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes damaged a mosque in Anadan, Aleppo Governorate and video footage shows damage to a mosque in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0144).
  • Reported Russian airstrikes damaged a mosque in Batbo, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0145).
  • A STEP News Agency video report shows damage to an ancient site in Huarte, Hama Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0146).
  • New video footage shows damage to two mosques and a cemetery in Hreitan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0147).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 115–116 (October 16, 2016 – October 31, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency claimed that an Iraqi government airstrike allegedly damaged a mosque in Hawija, Kirkuk Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0034).
  • New video footage and photographs show damage to three churches, a cultural center, and a cemetery in Bartella, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0035).
  • An airstrike allegedly damaged a mosque in Daquq, Kirkuk Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0036).
  • ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency claimed that an alleged US-led coalition airstrike destroyed a mosque in Hammam al-Aleel, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0037).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a mosque in al-Sabha, Deir Ez Zor Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0157).
  • Alleged SARG and Russian airstrikes damaged four mosques in Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0158).
  • An alleged Russian airstrike damaged a mosque in Qebtan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0159).
  • The DGAM reported ongoing looting, vandalism, and theft of building materials from archaeological sites throughout Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0160).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a musalla in Douma, Rif Dimashq Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0169).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 113–114 (October 1, 2016 – October 15, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell, Ali Jabuuri, Richard Zettler

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Key points from this report:
  • ISIL militants have been looting archaeological sites and vandalizing graves in Kirkuk Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0031).
  • ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency alleged a US-led coalition airstrike damaged a mosque in Mosul, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0032).
  • Alleged SARG airstrikes damaged three mosques in Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0154).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes damaged two mosques in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0155).
  • SARG forces looted a makeshift library in Daraya, Rif Dimashq Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0156).
  • Alleged SARG airstrikes damaged a Byzantine-era site in Hama Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0175).
  • A fire destroyed a historic house in the Saroujah District of Damascus (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0176).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 111–112 (September 16, 2016 – September 30, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • New video footage shows the extent of the damage to a mosque in Ter Maalah, Homs Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0057 UPDATE).
  • Reported SARG airstrikes damaged Qalaat Rahbah and a mosque in Mayadin, Deir ez Zor Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0149).
  • Reported SARG barrel bombs and opposition shelling damaged sites in Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0150).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a mosque in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0151).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a mosque in Tal Hassan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0152).
  • New video footage shows damage to two churches and a mosque in Daraya, Rif Dimashq Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0153).
  • * 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 119–120 (November 16, 2016 – November 30, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • Newly published video footage shows evidence of militarization and intentional destruction at Mar Gewargis Church in Bartella, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0035 UPDATE).
  • New video footage and photographic evidence show tunneling at Mart Barbara Church in Karamlish, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0038 UPDATE).
  • New video and photographs shows additional evidence of intentional destruction to religious sites in Bakhdida, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0043 UPDATE).
  • New video footage and photographs show damage to sites in Bashiqa and Bahzani, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0046).
  • New video footage and photographs have been published of Mar Behnam Monastery following the recapturing of the area by Iraqi forces in Mosul, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0047).
  • An airstrike damaged a mosque in Tayyibat al-Imam, Hama Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0169).
  • Alleged SARG airstrikes damaged two mosques near Damascus, Damascus Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0170).
  • Alleged SARG and Russian airstrikes damaged four mosques in Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0171).
  • An alleged Russian airstrike severely damaged a mosque in Anadan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0172).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a mosque in Binnish, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0173).
  • New photographs show evidence of ongoing looting at Palmyra, Homs Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0174).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 117–118 (November 1, 2016 – November 15, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell, Richard Zettler, Ali Jabuuri

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Key points from this report:
  • Newly published photographs show damage to several Christian sites in Bartella, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0035 UPDATE).
  • New video footage and photographs show destruction of multiple Christian sites in Karamlish, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0038).
  • Satellite imagery confirms ISIL militants demolished a section of the Clock Church in Mosul, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0039).
  • ISIL militant seized and occupy the Grand Mosque of Shirqat, Salah ad Din Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0040).
  • ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency released a video of recruitment taking place inside a mosque in Tel Afar, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0041).
  • New video footage and photographs from Batnaya show damage to two churches and the town cemetery (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0042).
  • New video footage and photographs show damage to several Christian sites in Bakhdida, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0043).
  • Local reports and new satellite imagery show damage to the site of Khorsabad due to militarization (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0044).
  • Satellite imagery shows earthmoving equipment leveled the Ziggurat and damaged the Ishtar Temple at the site of Nimrud, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0045).
  • The DGAM reports ongoing illegal excavation at Dura Europos, Deir ez-Zor Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0161).
  • A missile, allegedly fired by opposition forces, damaged a mosque in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0162).
  • An alleged Russian airstrike damaged a mosque in Darat Izza, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0163).
  • A mortar shell damaged the Maronite Diocese Office in Damascus (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0164).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a mosque in Tarmala, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0165).
  • Alleged SARG forces dropped barrel bombs on a mosque in Kafr Zaita, Hama Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0166).
  • An airstrike, allegedly conducted by SARG or SARG-allied forces, damaged a mosque in Khan al-Sheih, Rif Dimashq Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0167).
  • A Russian airstrike allegedly damaged a mosque in Mashmashan, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0168).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 107–108 (August 19, 2016 – August 31, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Amr Al-Azm, Bijan Rouhani, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • Recent video footage and eyewitness accounts detailed damage to three churches located in Sinjar, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0028).
  • Peshmerga forces discovered that ISIL militants dug tunnels and installed showers in a mosque in Abzakh, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0029).
  • New video footage shows extensive damage to a cemetery in Arbin, Rif Dimashq Governorate, reportedly the result of SARG airstrikes (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0132).
  • An alleged SARG airstrike damaged a mosque in Khan al-Shieh, Rif Dimashq Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0133).
  • Allegedly, a SARG barrel bomb and Russian cluster bomb damaged a mosque and religious school in Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0134).
  • The DGAM published photographs of extensive damage to two historic buildings in Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0135).
  • New video footage shows damage to a mosque in Damascus, reportedly the result of ongoing SARG military activity in the area (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0136).
  • ISIL militants vandalized the exterior of a mosque in Djerablus, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0137).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 105–106 (August 3, 2016 – August 18, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Amr Al-Azm, Bijan Rouhani, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • US-led coalition airstrikes have destroyed or damaged many buildings on the Mosul University campus, some of which were reportedly being used by ISIL militants (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0026).
  • ISIL militants reportedly destroyed a 10th-century CE Syrian Orthodox Church in Mosul, Ninawa Governorate in order to expand a nearby mosque (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0027).
  • New video footage shows damage to a mosque in Hreitan, Aleppo Governorate, reportedly the result of a SARG airstrike earlier in 2016 (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0120).
  • Video footage shows the current status of a historic bath complex and mosque in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate following the expulsion of ISIL militants from the city (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0121).
  • Video footage shows mortar fire striking the minarets of two mosques in Daraya, Rif Dimashq Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0122).
  • A SARG airstrike reportedly damaged a 12th-century CE mosque in Ma’arat al-Numan, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0123).
  • SARG forces allegedly detonated explosives on the Citadel of Aleppo, damaging fortification walls and the Citadel Museum (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0124).
  • DGAM reports looting at several archaeological sites in the al-Hawl region of al-Hasakah Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0125).
  • Alleged Russian airstrike damaged a church in the city of Idlib (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0126).
  • A SARG airstrike allegedly damaged a mosque in Teir Ma’ala, Homs Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0127).
  • Reported SARG airstrikes damaged two mosques in the city of Idlib (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0128).
  • A Russian airstrike allegedly damaged a mosque in Anadan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0129).
  • Video footage shows IDPs living in the ruins of Byzantine buildings in Bariqa, Quneitra Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0130).
  • SARG or Russian airstrikes allegedly destroyed a cultural center and a mosque in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0131).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 103–104 (July 20, 2016 – August 2, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Amr Al-Azm, Bijan Rouhani, Marina Gabriel, Kyra Kaercher, Jamie O’Connell

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Key points from this report:
  • Construction of a multi-lane road and irrigation trench through a section of the ancient site of Nineveh in ISIL-occupied Mosul was completed in June 2016 (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 15-0097 UPDATE).
  • New looting tunnels have been identified at the site of Nineveh using DigitalGlobe satellite imagery (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0010 UPDATE).
  • Iraqi Government airstrikes reportedly damaged several mosques in Fallujah, al-Anbar Governorate between 2014 and 2016, before the start of the campaign to retake the city from ISIL militants in May 2016 (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0024).
  • Iraqi Government airstrikes allegedly destroyed al-Habib Muhammad Mosque in Hit District, al-Anbar Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0025).
  • Local activist groups published new photographs of damage to al-Fatah Mosque in Manbij, Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0104 UPDATE).
  • Local activist published new videos of damage to a cemetery and mosque in Kafr Hamra, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0108 UPDATE).
  • An ARA News article provided more details of the July 17-18, 2016 attack on Mar Sharbel Syrian Orthodox Church in the village of al-Witwitiyah, al-Hasakah Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0108 UPDATE).
  • A Russian airstrike allegedly damaged Musaib bin Umeer Mosque in al-Tabqa, Raqqa Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0111).
  • SARG and Russian airstrikes allegedly damaged seven mosques in the city of Idlib on July 22, 2016 (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0112).
  • A SARG helicopter allegedly dropped a barrel bomb on a mosque and rocket-propelled grenades damaged a second mosque in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0113).
  • The DGAM reported severe damage to the entrance of the Aleppo Museum in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0114).
  • A SARG airstrike allegedly damaged Aqil ibn Abi Talib Mosque in the suburbs of Damascus (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0115).
  • Mortar fire allegedly originating from opposition territory struck and damaged a restaurant located in an historic building in the Old City of Damascus (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0116).
  • Two ISIL suicide bombings damaged Qasemo Mosque in al-Qamishli, al-Hasakah Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0117).
  • A SARG airstrike allegedly damaged al-Sheikh Khalil Mosque in the city of Daraa (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0118).
  • SARG airstrikes reportedly hit the Byzantine site of Shinsharah in Idlib Governorate, causing unknown damage (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0119).

* 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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ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 101–102 (July 6, 2016 – July 19, 2016)

AUTHORS

Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, Bijan Rouhani, Amr Al-Azm, Marina Gabriel, Jamie O’Connell, Kyra Kaercher

Download Report 101–102

Key points from this report:
  • New photographs from Fallujah, al-Anbar Governorate reveal damage to three mosques (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0019 UPDATE).
  • Members of the Popular Mobilization Forces are accused of damaging at least six mosques in Fallujah following the recapture of the city from ISIL militants (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0022).
  • ISIL militants allegedly attacked the Mausoleum of Sayyid Muhammad bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad, Salah ad Din Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report IHI 16-0023).
  • Unknown attackers firebombed and vandalized Mar Sharbel Syrian Orthodox Church in al-Hasakah Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0010).
  • New video footage shows damage to al-Bara bin Malek Mosque in Hreitan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0071 UPDATE).
  • New video footage shows damage to Abu Bakr al-Sideiq Mosque in Hreitan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0082 UPDATE).
  • New video footage has emerged of damage to Khaled bin al-Walid Mosque in Hreitan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0092 UPDATE).
  • New videos and photographs of damage to four mosques in Hreitan have been published on Youtube and Instagram (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0102).
  • Alleged SARG airstrikes damaged al-Musafir Mosque in Ghernata, Homs Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0103).
  • At least eight mosques in Manbij were damaged between January 2014 and July 2016, allegedly by ISIL militants, Syrian Democratic Forces, and US-led coalition airstrikes (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0104).
  • The National Museum of Aleppo was severely damaged by shelling (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0105).
  • Alleged SARG airstrikes damaged Omar bin al-Khattab Mosque in Deir ez Zor Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0106).
  • The DGAM discovered several large looting tunnels at Tell Taban in al-Hasakah Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0107).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes damaged a cemetery and Abu Bakr al-Sidiq Mosque in Kafr Hamra, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0108).
  • Alleged SARG and Russian shelling damaged four mosques in the city of Aleppo (ASOR CHI Incident Report SHI 16-0109).

* 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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