World Bulletin / News Desk
Inspections on the famous Krak des Chevaliers crusader castle on Syria's border with Lebanon have revealed significant damage to the World Heritage listed landmark.
Syrian regime forces recaptured the area from rebels on Thursday, killing 93 while the others retreated.
Journalists who were allowed to visit the fort on Friday found that the bombardment had caused serious damage to the ancient castle walls.
Many historical sites including mosques and tombs have had to bear the brunt of being caught in the cross-fire between rebel forces and regime troops.
The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the "Castle of the Kurds".
In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. It remained in their possession until it fell in 1271. It became known as Crac de l'Ospital; the name Krak des Chevaliers was coined in the 19th century.Last Mod: 22 Mart 2014, 17:06