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.