Syria: ISIS mass grave found in Raqqa, media

In the same area where Father Dall'Oglio went missing in 2013

26 May, 18:18

    BEIRUT - A mass grave with at least 100 bodies, probably victims of ISIS, were discovered in northern Syria near Raqqa, which was the 'capital' of the 'Islamic State' in the war-torn country from 2014 until 2017.

    Rome-born Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall'Oglio was reported missing in the area in July 2013. Many suspect that the priest was kidnapped and killed by ISIS. Dall'Oglio is still missing and some reports over the years have claimed that he was killed while others say he is still alive and held by his abductors.

    According to local sources in Raqqa and Syrian media reports, dozens of bodies have so far been found in the mass grave in the area of Tell Zidan. The remains belong to victims aged 25 to 35, according to the reports. Up to 200 people could be buried in the grave, according to excavation workers quoted by the outlets. Over the past few years the bodies of at least 6,000 people killed before and during ISIS's rule were discovered in mass graves in the area of Raqqa.

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