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On 13 oct terrorists entered into the Umayyad Mosque by planting an explosive device at the southern entrance
They managed to capture some parts of the Mosque but short time after the Syrian Arab Army launched a counter attack killing many terrorists and forceing the rest to flee
In the small time the rebeles where inside the Mosque complex they managed to start a fire that destroyed some of the antiques.
Charred one of its intricately sculpted colonnades.
Three hairs and part of a tooth said to have been from the prophet Muhammad were among the mosque's most renowned relics and where stolen by the fleeing terrorists.
On oct 14 the army confirmed that they had recaptured the mosque
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ordered the formation of a panel to oversee restoration work at the mosque,
Terrorists shot an engineer, Mohammed Marwan Jarada, who accompanied a committee of experts sent into the mosque to inspect the damage, he later died from his wounds.
The site has been a place of Muslim worship since the 8th century but the original building was razed by the Mongols in the 13th century,
A library next to the mosque housed a collection of rare religious books. The extent of damage to the books was not immediately clear.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Syria, Syrian, Army, Arab, Terrorism, Terrorists, Umayyad, Mosque
Location: Al Siffahiah, Aleppo Governorate, Syria (load item map)
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