As rebels in Syria continued to battle the Assad Regime’s troops Friday. the gun fights led to the streets of Aleppo. A fire-fight erupted, shortly followed by a real blaze which destroyed hundreds of historic shops in the famous Aleppo souk. For hundreds of years the souk stood for economy and prosperity in Aleppo, and had been preserved much the way it had been for the past few hundred years. The market was even registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The loss of this market, along with the outlying damage to Aleppo is just another unfortunate casualty in the Middle East.
Footage on Friday showed the historic Aleppo Market burning wall to wall, as the rebel forces attempted to extinguish the flames. Their attempt at seeking shelter in the historic distric failed, as Assad troops knowingly targeted the historic site to uproot the rebel fighters who saught refuge there.
The death toll so far in Syria has been reported to reach well over 30,000 so far, but not all that has been lost for Syria can be accounted for in human lives. Once this conflict has been resolved in Syria, the people will have to try to return to a normal life without some of the things they were accustomed to before the conflict began. It is a shame to see such wonderfully preserved pieces of our history get destroyed by senseless violence.