Syrian government forces have discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of more than one thousand people executed by members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country’s northern city of Raqqah.
Russia's RT Arabic television news network reported that Syrian soldiers made the discovery at the Panorama roundabout in the northwestern flank of the city, located about 455 kilometers (283 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, and that the grave has the corpses of at least 1,500 civilians and military personnel in it.
The report added that responders are working to uncover and identify bodies at the site from clothes, fingerprints, documents or other special markers.
The mass grave makes it the largest one found in Raqqah so far.
Syrian Forensic Medicine General Director Zaher Hajo told Arabic-language al-Watan daily in early January that Daesh Takfiris had executed 10,000 people and buried their bodies in mass graves across Raqqah.
He stressed that his colleagues had confirmed the presence of 4,000 bodies in one single grave.
Hajo went on to say that Syrian Health Minister Nizar Yazigi has ordered the formation of a committee in order to collect the remains of the victims and transfer them to the military hospital in Aleppo.