AFRIN, Syria – The Turkish Air Force has bombed an ancient Christian archaeological site around Afrin/Barad in northwest Syria.
Some of the sites hit include the tomb of St Maron and Julianos Church, one of the oldest Christian churches in the world built at the of the 4th Century AD, according to the General Director of Antiquities and Museums Mahmoud Hamoud.
The site is home to many Byzantine churches and monasteries, as well as a temple, a bath, houses, mills and a cemetery, all dating back to the Roman era during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, SANA reported.
Hamoud urged “the international organizations concerned which registered these sites on their lists to do their moral and human duty to condemn the Turkish aggression on the sites of the Syrian heritage and expose it to the world.”
The Barada site has been World Heritage Listed since 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
This comes as Turkish-led invaders back by their Syrian jihadists puppets continue their operations against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northwest Syria. Ankara recognizes the YPG as a terrorist organization as it is the Syrian branch of the outlawed Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).