This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Syria: Tomb of Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz to reopen after repairs03:25

Syria: Tomb of Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz to reopen after repairs

Syrian Arab Republic, Deir Al-Sharqi village
June 8, 2020 at 10:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage from Sunday shows the tomb of Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz, near the Syrian city of Maarat al-Nu'man in the Idlib countryside. The shrine is undergoing repairs after being found damaged when Syrian Arab Army forces retook control of the area last January.

On Friday the Syrian Ministry of Endowments issued a statement refuting reports published on May 27 that Iranian-backed forces fighting alongside SAA desecrated the site and exhumed the remains of the eighth Umayyad Caliph stating that the tomb had been damaged by "terrorist gangs and the Al-Nusra Front." According to Syria's Ministry of Endowments, the site is set to reopen soon, after the completion of repairs.

Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz ruled from 717 AD until he died in 720 AD when he was reportedly poisoned in response to reforms he had initiated. Referred to by some as the 'fifth righteous Caliph of Islam,' through his mother's line he was the great-grandson of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the second caliph and a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.

Syria: Tomb of Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz to reopen after repairs03:25
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Footage from Sunday shows the tomb of Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz, near the Syrian city of Maarat al-Nu'man in the Idlib countryside. The shrine is undergoing repairs after being found damaged when Syrian Arab Army forces retook control of the area last January.

On Friday the Syrian Ministry of Endowments issued a statement refuting reports published on May 27 that Iranian-backed forces fighting alongside SAA desecrated the site and exhumed the remains of the eighth Umayyad Caliph stating that the tomb had been damaged by "terrorist gangs and the Al-Nusra Front." According to Syria's Ministry of Endowments, the site is set to reopen soon, after the completion of repairs.

Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz ruled from 717 AD until he died in 720 AD when he was reportedly poisoned in response to reforms he had initiated. Referred to by some as the 'fifth righteous Caliph of Islam,' through his mother's line he was the great-grandson of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the second caliph and a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
03:39
The future is here! First ever Russian drone taxi presented in MoscowThe future is here! First ever Russian drone taxi presented in Moscow
January 26, 2021 at 17:09 GMT +00:00
02:30
India: Farmers break police barricades as thousands descend on Delhi for tractor protestIndia: Farmers break police barricades as thousands descend on Delhi for tractor protest
January 26, 2021 at 21:26 GMT +00:00
04:32
Indian tech-enthusiast comes up with 'anti-infiltration' boots for army useIndian tech-enthusiast comes up with 'anti-infiltration' boots for army use
January 24, 2021 at 06:42 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:37
USA: Biden holds first phone call with Putin - WH press sec PsakiUSA: Biden holds first phone call with Putin - WH press sec Psaki
January 26, 2021 at 22:04 GMT +00:00
02:44
India: Farmers march to Delhi's Red Fort in tractor protestIndia: Farmers march to Delhi's Red Fort in tractor protest
January 26, 2021 at 21:22 GMT +00:00
02:30
Netherlands: Businesses boarded up in Rotterdam amid fears of new wave of anti-lockdown riotsNetherlands: Businesses boarded up in Rotterdam amid fears of new wave of anti-lockdown riots
January 27, 2021 at 05:14 GMT +00:00
02:05
France: Police and student protesters scuffle during attempted high school blockade in ParisFrance: Police and student protesters scuffle during attempted high school blockade in Paris
January 27, 2021 at 00:49 GMT +00:00
03:35
Lebanon: Clashes erupt between protesters and security forces for 2nd night in row over lockdownLebanon: Clashes erupt between protesters and security forces for 2nd night in row over lockdown
January 27, 2021 at 03:43 GMT +00:00
01:41
Israel: Ultra-Orthodox protesters clash with police in Jerusalem over COVID restrictionsIsrael: Ultra-Orthodox protesters clash with police in Jerusalem over COVID restrictions
January 27, 2021 at 01:11 GMT +00:00
01:45
Netherlands: Police deployed in force in Rotterdam streets to prevent anti-curfew riotsNetherlands: Police deployed in force in Rotterdam streets to prevent anti-curfew riots
January 26, 2021 at 23:10 GMT +00:00
02:13
Tunisia: Protesters call for govt to resign in TunisTunisia: Protesters call for govt to resign in Tunis
January 26, 2021 at 17:12 GMT +00:00
04:09
Russia: Remains of 20,000-year-old woolly rhino presented in YakutiaRussia: Remains of 20,000-year-old woolly rhino presented in Yakutia
January 26, 2021 at 14:26 GMT +00:00
03:35
Germany: Farmers bring tractors to agriculture policy protest in BerlinGermany: Farmers bring tractors to agriculture policy protest in Berlin
January 26, 2021 at 20:37 GMT +00:00
03:47
Russia: Tehran ready to start joint production of Sputnik V - Iranian FM ZarifRussia: Tehran ready to start joint production of Sputnik V - Iranian FM Zarif
January 26, 2021 at 15:29 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:30
USA: Biden signs executive orders to promote racial equityUSA: Biden signs executive orders to promote racial equity
January 26, 2021 at 20:50 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:56
Russia: Moscow COVID patients practice ancient Chinese Tai Chi exercises to speed up recovery Russia: Moscow COVID patients practice ancient Chinese Tai Chi exercises to speed up recovery
January 26, 2021 at 18:45 GMT +00:00
02:37
France: Students join teachers and school nurses at education strike march in ParisFrance: Students join teachers and school nurses at education strike march in Paris
January 26, 2021 at 19:54 GMT +00:00
01:41
USA: Largest snowfall in 2 years blankets ChicagoUSA: Largest snowfall in 2 years blankets Chicago
January 27, 2021 at 09:06 GMT +00:00
02:10
Germany: Over 3,000 employees of Bayreuth clinic on quarantine after suspected UK COVID variant outbreakGermany: Over 3,000 employees of Bayreuth clinic on quarantine after suspected UK COVID variant outbreak
January 27, 2021 at 02:22 GMT +00:00
01:52
USA: Passengers now required to show a negative COVID test before boarding US-bound flightsUSA: Passengers now required to show a negative COVID test before boarding US-bound flights
January 27, 2021 at 06:59 GMT +00:00
02:53
USA: Fans gather in LA to celebrate Kobe Bryant one year after his deathUSA: Fans gather in LA to celebrate Kobe Bryant one year after his death
January 27, 2021 at 10:52 GMT +00:00
03:01
Syria: At least 18 dead, dozens wounded in al-Bab truck bomb attackSyria: At least 18 dead, dozens wounded in al-Bab truck bomb attack
October 6, 2020 at 18:53 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
04:03
Syria: Assad says US actions ‘comparable to Nazis’Syria: Assad says US actions ‘comparable to Nazis’
November 15, 2019 at 16:20 GMT +00:00
View all videos