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APR 24, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Ancient Aleppo minaret falls amid battles in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The 1,000-year-old minaret of Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque has collapsed due to clashes between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists and state media said on Wednesday. Syria's civil war has cost more than 70,000 lives and has also damaged or destroyed many archaeological and architectural treasures, some of them United Nations world heritage sites, such as Aleppo's Old City where the mosque is located. The opposing parties blamed the other for the toppling of the minaret, which predated the medieval-era mosque it stood in. ...

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