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IRT pulls six new bodies, including Syrian government forces members, from Tell Zeidan cemetery in al-Raqqa

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/07/06 15:08

Al-Raqqa - SMART

The Initial Response Team (IRT) in the al-Raqqa civil council of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration pulled six new bodies out from the Tell Zeidan grave near the al-Hamarat grave, 76 kilometers northwest of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.

On Monday, a forensic source in the IRT reported to SMART that the IRT pulled six unknown bodies, including two soldiers, who are likely members of the Syrian government forces' 17th Division, from the Tell Zeidan grave.

The source added that 165 unknown bodies have been pulled out from the al-Hamarat grave that was found on April 13, 2020. The source stated that the bodies were transferred to a special grave that was opened east of the city of al-Raqqa.

On July 4, 2020, the IRT in the al-Raqqa civil council pulled 13 unknown bodies out from the same grave in the governorate 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 Islamic State.

On Jan. 14, 2019, the IRT completed pulling all the bodies, 3310 bodies, out from the Panorama cemetery in al-Raqqa, 550 of them were identified. The IRT also finished working in the graves of the Zoo, al-Rashid, Children's Garden, al-Baja'a, Omayad Mosque, and the al-Badou neighborhood, and started to pull bodies out from other graves, such as al-Fakhikha, al-Salhabiya, Tell Zeidan and al-Hamarat.