The Azm Palace after a French air strike on October 18, 1918

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The Azm Palace, home of the 18th Century governors of Ottoman Damascus, was transformed into headquarters of the French High Commissioner during the years of the Mandate. In October 1918, Syrian rebels attacked it, thinking that they would capture the French High Commissioner Maurice Sarrail. Once traped inside, the French began to strike at the Old City and inflicted heavy damage on the Palace.