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signs and shall be eaten this is just one of the broken minarets that punctuate the skyline of Aleppo's old city a world heritage site that was battered by bombs for years prices Angus McDowell is that I'm standing on top of the great suk bald Aleppo's this is a restores parts of the roof and of course this whole area around me has been the subject of a great deal of work but it is just one stretch it's about a hundred meters long and is being very beautifully put back together bit Aleppo has thirteen Columbus's of souq and the extent of damage is in some places just unbelievable , restoration work in series controversial with the exception of Islamic state which deliberately targeted ancient ruins all sides in the war have betrayed themselves as guardians of historical sites and the enemies as vandals western countries that have imposed sanctions on assets governments oppose any reconstruction work until there is a political solution to the conflict they all give it would reward him for war crimes they say he is committed he denies I'm not has costs off most funding from the nations that are normally told zone is the cultural work if you look around you can see so many of the historic mosques which you're in very poor shape says one right here the minaret has a terrible gash down the Saudis from shelling and there are many others when you look around the city that's %HESITATION also in very poor condition and if there is no work on them then there is a danger of collapse now , whether they can be funds to restore these , is the big question because at the moment there is only the money to work on a few parts of this magnificent old city , in December the U. and cultural agency UNESCO said ten percent of Aleppo's historic buildings were destroyed more than homes the buildings they assessed showed severe to moderate damage