Blast destroys minaret in crisis-hit Aleppo



As the crisis in Syria rumbles into its 18th month, the minaret of a Sunni mosque in the northwestern city of Aleppo was hit by a blast on September 3, according to activists on the ground. Captured on camera, the tower can be seen crumbling into the middle of the street, littering the pavement with debris.


A loud explosion can be clearly heard 39 seconds into the video, but it is impossible to confirm whether it was caused by a bomb. Syrian state media, however, reported fighting between government forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Aleppo’s Saif al-Dawla neighbourhood last week, where the mosque was located.


Our Observer on the ground believes the Sunni mosque was targeted because the FSA had been using the minaret as a sniper's nest. He also claimed that the building had been hit by a government airplane.