Bodies belonging to over 1,400 people who have been killed by the Islamic State Terrorist Group (IS, outlawed in Russia) have been discovered in a mass grave in the Syrian City of Raqqa.
This was disclosed by the Head of Damascus-based Syrian Human Rights Network, Ahmad Kazeem on Wednesday.
“The biggest mass grave with 1,400 bodies has been found in Panorama area in Raqqa. IS terrorists did it,’’ Kazem said.
Most of the victims are those accused by IS militants of having ties with the Syrian government and armed forces, according to Kazem. Among them are women, children and military personnel.
It is not the first such discovery in Raqqa, but it is the largest mass grave found in the city so far.
IS terrorists seized Raqqa in 2014 and proclaimed it their capital. The military campaign to recapture Raqqa was launched in June 2016 by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by the U.S.-led coalition.
A year later, the campaign culminated in the Battle of Raqqa, which put the SDF in total control of the city. As a result of the fighting and massive airstrikes, the city was completely destroyed.
According to the UN, the humanitarian situation in the city remains disastrous.