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Following a long wait, works to renovate the ancient Crusader citadel of Chamaa have finally kicked off with the help of the Italian government, after a foundation stone was laid Thursday during a ceremony at the village of the same name. The citadel, which dates back to the 12th century, was completely destroyed during the 2006 Israeli bombardment of Lebanon. Badawi, who works at the Directorate General of Antiquities in Tyre and is responsible for archaeological sites in the south, said that during that war with Israel, large parts of the fortress and the old houses within the citadel were destroyed.The citadel is made up of four parts, he explained: the prophet's memorial, the citadel's fort, old houses in the citadel and the walls surrounding it. "The Italian government assures of its commitment to building and developing peace in Lebanon," said First Secretary at the Italian Embassy Palma D'Ambrosio, who was representing the Italian ambassador to Lebanon.She stressed that Italy's embassy, UNIFIL contingent and development office would work to protect the Chamaa citadel.
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