Dommages à l'héritage de la Syrie – 26 Août 2015


Dommages au patrimoine de la Syrie
26 Août 2015
Ce bulletin présente un sommaire des plus récents rapports sur les dommages causés à l'héritage de la Syrie. Il convient de souligner que beaucoup de ces données ne peuvent être vérifiées, mais on espère qu'il aidera à la documentation des dommages survenant, et contribuer à la sensibilisation. Heritage for Peace have released a statement concerning their stance on data recording, availbale ici.

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Principales matières

Neuf à partir de patrimoine pour la paix | Mises à jour sur les dommages | Mises à jour sur le pillage | Patrimoine immatériel | Reports and Updates from the Syrian People | Modifications de la politique et des mises à jour de la Syrie | Activité internationale | Nouvelles mises à jour


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Mises à jour sur les dommages
(Marc Deville/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images. Source de la photo: The Guardian)

Heritage worker executed by ISIS

Khaled al-Assad, the prominent archaeologist and old former Director of Palmyra Antiquities, was murdered on August 18 2015, by Islamic State militants. Quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Director of the DGAM, la BBC reports that “Mr Asaad had been beheaded on Tuesday at a square outside the museum in the modern town next to the ruins…His body was then hung from one of the Graeco-Roman columns.” Note that the New York Times report states that he was hung from a traffic light (au-dessous). Numerous sources, tels que le New York Times, quoting Syrian sources, suggest that Khaled al-Assad was killed because he refused to give up the locations of Palmyrene artefacts that had been hidden away for safekeeping, but these reports cannot be verified. (See also the report from the DGAM.)

La DGIA held a tribute to Khaled al-Assad at the National Museum in Damascus on August 23, 2015.

For further coverage, voir:

The Oriental Institute released a statement on Khaled al-Assad’s death on August 19 2015

En Counterpunch, Franklin Lamb discusses the deaths of Khaled al-Assad and Qassim Abdullah Yehya, whose death was reported in our last newsletter, calling them heroes.

(Temple of Baalshamin, Palymra. Source de la photo: Elizabeth Roberts via BBC Nouvelles)


On August 24 2015 the DGAM reported that Palmyra’s famous Baalshamin temple has been destroyed by IS militants. On Tuesday August 25 The Independent shows images of the temple being blown up [Accessed August 25 2015]

(Destruction of the temple. Source de la photo: ISIS, via The Independent)

There is some disagreement about when this event took place, with some claiming August 23 2015, others as long ago as one month. Le most recent estimate places the destruction of the temple “Sunday, Août 23, 2015 shortly after 4pm.” UNESCO has branded this event a war crime.

En plus, Palmyra News Updates reports damage from air strikes en Août 17 2015, which have caused additional damage to the site of Palmyra.

Damage to Aleppo

  • A new video shows the damage in different parts of the Ancient City of Alep, par Alep Archéologie Août 13 2015.
  • Photos show the endommagement Naser Street in Ancient Aleppo, par Alep Archéologie, Août 21 2015.
  • A video by the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology shows endommagement Nour Eddin/Nour Alddin Mousque in the Ancient City of Aleppo, published August 23 2015.
  • They have also shared Halab News’ photos of damage to old houses in Al-Bayada sur 25 Août, disponible ici.

Damage to Other Sites

  • The DGAM further reports on August 21 2015 that the fifth century Mar Elian Monastery in Al-Qaratayn near Homs has been destroyed by ISIS, using bulldozers and other heavy machinery. The action was condemned by UNESCO.

    Le Daily Express, sur 21 Août 2015, also covered the story suggesting as well that the abbot, Fr. Jacques Mouraud, and other personnel had been abducted, the saint’s relics desecrated, and Roman frescoes at the site destroyed. According to THONLINE.COM, they also removed the bells first. Cependant, that article also suggests that the people were abducted, but not killed.

  • On August 18 2015 la DGAM reported that Roman sites at Jmarein village near Daraa had been damaged in fighting.
  • Recent photos of Raqqa – Ar Rasafah have been published by ISIS, and shared by the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology on 23 Août 2015.
  • Le Rapporte DGIA en Août 24 2015 that further damage has taken place around Qala’at Simeon in NW Syria, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria.
Mises à jour sur le pillage

Illegal looting in Idlib

A video by the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology shows damage to the site de Tell Adeh from illegal excavations, Août 23 2015.

Patrimoine immatériel

Syria’s Christian heritage threatened

Franklin Lamb in Counterpunch en Août 7 2015 writes about Syrian Christians protecting their religious heritage.

Reports and Updates from the Syrian People
DGAM collects items for safekeeping

PBS Newshour, Août 19 2015, reported on the work of the DGAM to save Syria’s heritage – thousands of priceless relics are being gathered in the capital of Syria.

Modifications de la politique et des mises à jour de la Syrie
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Activité internationale

UNESCO visits Damascus

On August 14 2015 members of the UNESCO project Emergency Safeguarding of Syrian Heritage visited Damascus.

Reports from international organisations available

The Antiquities Coalition has posted numerous videos from its series “Culture and Threat: Terrorism and Profiteering”.

The most recent report from ASOR’s Syrian Heritage team is available here.

Honour for Syrian heritage heroes

The petition site is lobbying UNESCO to honour Khaled al-Assad. For details cliquez ici.

If you do sign, and can add a comment, remember the many other Syrians who have died protecting their heritage. Khalad al-Assad is by no means the first member of the DGAM, or the first Syrian volunteer, to die for protecting their heritage. Others have been threatened and paid the price, (e.g. “In Syria, Yahya Ibrahim guarded Bosra’s ancient ruins, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman amphitheaters. In January, armed militants broke into his office and demanded he not go to work. They shot and killed him when he refused.” (Vice News) or Ms. Huda Al-Hamoud, hijacked and killed (DGAM Report).) Many others have simply died just for daring to leave their houses and go to work, even when it’s dangerous. A great number of men an and women in Syria – and elsewhere – are taking amazing risks to protect their heritage: they all deserve to be honoured.


Nouvelles mises à jour
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