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Initial Response Team finds mass grave containing dozens of bodies north of al-Raqqa

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Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/06/23 18:16

Al-Raqqa - SMART

The Initial Response Team (IRT) of the al-Raqqa Civil Council found a mass grave containing dozens of bodies north of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

The IRT official Yasser al-Khamis reported to SMART that the IRT discovered a mass grave containing between 90 to 110 bodies in the area between the Hukoumiya farm and the village of Khuzaimah (20 kilometers north of al-Raqqa).

Al-Khamis stated that the IRT will start pulling the bodies out from the new grave at the beginning of next week, noting that the forensic team went to check the place after the people of the area informed it.

Al-Khamis added that the forensic reports confirmed that the grave contains bodies of women and children, in addition to bodies of unknown military members suspected to be victims of the Islamic State (IS).

On June 10, 2020, the IRT pulled six bodies of civilians out from a mass grave, including the body of a woman and another of an unknown child east of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

On May 13, 2020, the IRT pulled six bodies out from a grave near the town of Hamarat, 28 kilometers east of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

The IRT continues to pull bodies out from mass graves left behind by the bombing from the International Coalition during the battle to gain control of the al-Raqqa governorate, in addition to the mass graves left behind by the IS.