The iconic minaret of the Umayyad Mosque complex in the Syrian city of Aleppo has collapsed during fighting between rebels and government troops. The minaret dates to the 11th century.
The mosque, located in the old quarter of the city, was damaged in 2012. This is the latest in a long string of historic sites to be destroyed or damaged during the fighting in Syria, including five of the country's World Heritage sites. "This is like blowing up the Taj Mahal or destroying the Acropolis in Athens. This mosque is a living sanctuary," said Helga Seeden, a professor of archaeology at the American University of Beirut. "This is a disaster. In terms of heritage, this is the worst I've seen in Syria. I'm horrified."