Syria: Mined and in ruins, Raqqa seeks a reconstruction plan

Fresh footage from the city of Raqqa captured the extent of damage that battered the city, following yesterday's announcement of the city's complete liberation from Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Buildings including hospitals, churches and power towers were reduced to rubble. Head of the Affairs Office in the Civilian Council of Raqqa Omar... Еще Alloush said that the city's displaced civilian population cannot return home, as the city was «largely mined» by IS militants. «We have an ambitious plan entitled «the Quick Response,» Alloush said, adding that «the return of the civilians is linked to the quickness of demining implementation.» He added that «there are many governmental organizations and NGOs working now on the ground» to carry out de-mining operations. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared the total liberation of the city of Raqqa, the capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State's (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) 'caliphate' on Friday. Raqqa has been IS' stronghold since 2014.

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