Ancient Ruins Become Refuges in War-Torn Syria
"The names of the cities are numerous: Jaradeh, Jabal Al Zawiya, Telanissos, Bara, Surkania, Dar Qita, Ruweiha, Surkania," writes RJ Evans. "All are silent witness to a civilization now vanished in to the footnotes of history. Their importance was, before the war, somewhat blithely underestimated by modern locals who still picked around them, occasionally planting small olive groves among the ruins.Youths would sometimes climb them as a dare - did you notice the two figures in the photograph above? Now, however, the ruins of this long forgotten civilization are all that protect many from the often ferocious shelling this area experiences."
Below is a CBS News report on the reuse of the ruins.