Satellite imagery showing the Ancient City of Aleppo
Satellite imagery showing the Ancient City of Aleppo

The latest UN estimates from last month put the death toll in Syria's devastating three-year civil war at a minimum of 191,000, while more than 3million refugees have been created.

As well as the horrific human cost, such destruction will leave terrible psychological damage on survivors for generations to come and with no political resolution remotely in sight, the country is being left to ruin.

Hospitals, schools, transport systems and sanitation have all suffered as a result of the war and thousands of years worth of heritage is also under threat too.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has released this series of satellite images from six of the country's world heritage sites.


One of oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Aleppo has been home to some of the heaviest fighting in the civil war. The below images show the destruction around the ancient city's Great Mosque.

Roof of the Suq al-Madina (green arrow), the minaret of the Great Mosque (red arrow), two craters on the eastern wall (blue arrows). In addition, multiple nearby structures were heavily damaged (yellow arrows).

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