DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:20 P.M.) – Engineering teams working under the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces umbrella continued the arduous task of dismantling mines and IEDs left behind by the Islamic State terrorist group in Raqqa and its countryside.

Since the capture of Raqqa on October 14th of the current year, the SDF has managed so far to neutralize 1,300 mines in the provincial capital and over 6,000 mines in its countryside.

Estimates suggest the presence of more than a thousand mines planted amidst the destroyed urban terrain of the formerly prosperous Euphrates city.

Dozens of Raqqa families have returned back to the city already despite the huge danger they face due to the leftovers of ISIL’s reign. Huge de-mining and reconstruction efforts will have to take place before the city is declared safe for civilian presence.

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