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A defected Syrian policeman, Adnan al-Hamod, 33, lights a kerosene lamp inside an underground shelter he made using a jackhammer to protect his family from Syrian government forces shelling and airstrikes, at Jirjanaz village, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Across northern Syria, rebels, soldiers, and civilians are making use of the country's wealth of ancient and medieval antiquities to protect themselves from Syria's two-year-old war. They are built of thick stone that has already withstood centuries, and are often located in strategic locations overlooking towns and roads. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Syrians find makeshift homes in ancient structures

Across northern Syria, rebels, soldiers and civilians are making use of

the country's wealth of ancient and medieval remains for protection. The

structures are built of thick stone that has already withstood the

ravages of centuries. They are often located in strategic spots

overlooking towns and roads.