Syrian Troops Retake Historic Mosque

Innocent civilians and ancient sites alike have fallen victim to the latest clashes in Syria. The 12th-century Umayyad Mosque was damaged by fire on Saturday as rebels and troops fought over the historic Aleppo mosque, which the government army has reportedly regained control over. Aleppo is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but parts of its medieval marketplace were already destroyed in September. The head of the U.N. agency asked both sides to be careful and warned the Umayyad Mosque is “severely endangered.” In an exceptionally bloody day, opposition activists say 220 were killed across the country on Sunday.