Syria: As many as 200 dead bodies have been found in a mass grave near the Syrian city of Raqqa, a local official and a war monitor has said.
Yasser al-Khamees, who leads a team of first responders, said on Wednesday the mass grave was discovered early last month on the southern edges of Raqqa, ISIS’s former de facto capital.
Among the bodies found, five appeared to belong to middle-aged men dressed in the orange jumpsuits typically worn by the armed group’s hostages, al-Khamees and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“They were shackled and shot in the head,” he said.
Identities unknown. Team leader tells me: Might be missing journalists, activists, etc.
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The bodies of three women, believed to have been stoned to death, were found, the official said, adding that “their skulls were severely fractured”.
As many as 800 people could be buried there in total, he said.
The discovery of the grave could help identify even more of the several thousand people whose fates remain unknown, including foreigners imprisoned by ISIS.