Syrian Ministry of Culture slams Israel for targeting UNESCO sites

The Israeli onslaught against Damascus' archaeological sites was condemned by the Ministry of Culture.

In addition to the Citadel of Damascus, the Fine and Applied Arts Institute, and the Technical Institute of Antiquities and Museums, the Israeli onslaught that targeted various residential neighbourhoods in the city of Damascus early on Sunday morning was condemned by the Ministry of Culture.

According to Syrian government media, an Israeli aircraft struck a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Sunday, killing at least five people and injured 15.

Loud explosions were heard over a section of the city centre at 12:30 a.m. local time, and Syrian air defences were reportedly “confronting hostile targets in the sky around Damascus,” according to SANA.

The Syrian state media source SANA reported that 15 civilians had been hurt in addition to “destruction of a number of residential buildings” and that five people, including one military, had died.

An attack on a facility connected to Iranian militias and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah resulted in the deaths of 15, including a woman, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor based in the UK.

In a statement, the Ministry of Culture urged the international community to denounce this senseless aggression and put an end to the perpetrator’s disregard for international law, international charters, and treaties.

It specifically urged the international community and international organisations concerned with cultural issues, led by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to condemn this aggression.

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