The damaged synagogue

Watch: Damascus synagogue in ruins

Syrian opposition releases further documentation of synagogue damaged in early March, allegedly by mortar shells fired by Assad's army; former chief rabbi of Syria 'chilled' at the damage

Syrian rebels released more elaborate documentation of a Damascus synagogue that was allegedly bombed some two weeks ago by Bashar Assad's forces.


The opposition uploaded to Youtube videos showing the damaged synagogue's interior, filming the rubble on the floors and the damage to the rooms. The previous video only showed the exterior of the synagogue.


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The person behind the camera is heard saying: "The bombing of the oldest synagogue in the world in the Jobar suburb of Damascus."



It is believed the synagogue is situated on the spot where Elijah anointed Elisha as a prophet.


The Syrian opposition argues that Assad forces were behind the bombing, but it has yet to be determined who launched the strike, as currently no independent media outlets cover Syria and can corroborate the claims.


Regardless of who was behind the damage to the synagogue, Rabbi Avraham Hamra, former chief rabbi of Syria said that "in any case the site sustained damage and that's chilling," adding that the synagogue  served as a place of worship for the Jewish community in the region until the civil war broke.


In early March, Syrian rebels reported that Assad's army had fired mortar shells at one of the oldest synagogues in the world, located in the Jobar suburb of Damascus, and released a video documenting the damage to the structure.



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פרסום ראשון: 03.14.13, 22:46
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