By APD Writer He Wei
Dilapidated walls, destroyed buildings, empty streets with dust all over the sky, these are common scenes in Syria, which is regarded as the most dangerous country in the world.
On Saturday, a loud explosion was heard by the citizens in Damascus, the capital of Syria, which then lighted up the dark sky and cast a shadow to the whole country.
U.S., UK and France carried out a wave of strikes on the country at the weekend targeting the government sites in Damascus in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
The unexpected superpowers’ game is being reported by the world media.
Syria has already been the token of war as early as seven years before.
But what did Damascus look like before the war?
As one of the oldest cities in the world, Damascus was a major cultural centre of the Levant and the Arab world and listed as cultural relic by UNESCO in 1979.
“If there is a paradise on the earth, Damascus must be among of them.“ It’s a famous slogan that describes the once-vibrant city.
Here, of course, before the war, many buildings remained original luxurious
designs in the Ottoman Empire.
The arabesque sculptures and frescoes had attracted a large stream of tourists.
The highly-developed commerce had brought a 300-year-long prosperity and civilization to the vibrant city.
Strolling in an old street of Damascus, visitors had always seen typical bustling and hustling oriental bazaars as what is described in the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights.
In the citadel of Damascus, many national heroes had been nurtured who had bravely fought against the invaders.
Syria once also issued a decree to protect the ancient city amid the conflicts between tradition and modern concepts.
Damascus has a wealth of historical sites dating back to different periods of the city's history. Since the city has been built up with every passing occupation, it has become almost impossible to excavate all the ruins that lie up to 2.4 m (8 ft) below the modern level.
But what did the seven-year-long war bring to the city? Nothing but debris and displaced people.
The picture of Bashar Ja 'afari, Syrian representative to the United Nations goes viral on the Chinese media platform. A lot of Chinese internet users showed their sympathy to him, saying what Syria faces is a miserable history once Chinese people had gone through.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)