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NGO Report Details IS Group’s ‘Abyss Of Horror’ In Northern Syria

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France 24

NGO Report Details IS Group’s ‘Abyss Of Horror’ In Northern Syria

by Sarah LEDUC

Human Rights Watch released details of a mass grave in Al-Hota gorge in northern Syria, in a report published on May 4. The NGO said that the so-called Islamic State (IS) group was responsible, and called for further investigations into this pit of death, in an interview with FRANCE 24.

Researchers call it the “abyss of horror”. Located 85 kilometres north of Raqqa, the former capital of IS in Syria, was used as a mass grave by the jihadist group that ruled the region from 2013 to 2015, Human Rights Watch revealed.

The NGO investigated the matter from 2014 to 2019, using satellite technology and geological maps, among other devices. It was able to film the bodies of six people, not yet identified, floating in the water at the bottom of the 50-metre-deep pit. But there are clear indications that the number of corpses there is much higher.

Read more: https://www.france24.com/en/20200513-human-rights-watch-report-details-is-group-s-abyss-of-horror-in-northern-syria