Deputy Co-Chair Gawriye: Raqqa is moving rapidly towards development

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On the third anniversary of the liberation of Raqqa from the Islamic State (ISIS), Elisabeth Gawriye, Deputy Co-Chair of the Executive Council of Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria, in comments to SuroyoTV, said that the Raqqa Civil Council is continuing with its work in providing services to the people.

Gawriye stressed the importance of the liberation of Raqqa, once considered the ISIS capital, and said that the people of Raqqa proved to the whole world that they are capable of running their city themselves.

“The city of Raqqa has set an example for all the peoples of the region who desire freedom and have a love of life because today they are building with their own hands a new system,” said Gawriye. “The people and tribes are joining forces with the civil administration, and after three years of liberation, Raqqa is moving rapidly towards development.”

The liberation of Raqqa was carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the support of the U.S.-led International Coalition. On 17 October 2017, after years of torment at the hands of the Islamic State, the people of Raqqa were free.

Members of the Syriac Military Council (MFS) who partook in the battle to liberate Raqqa from the Islamic State. (Image: MFS / Twitter)

Since its liberation, said Gawriye, the city has begun to dust out the 166-day battles and began to restore life to its streets.

Gawriye stated that the support of the Arab tribes around the civil administration has helped significantly in reconstruction, opening the door for the youth to engage in the institutions of the Raqqa Civil Council, the Internal Security Forces, and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Despite the progress being made in the city, dark reminders of the years of ISIS occupation still linger. Unexploded ordinance is still found during reconstruction projects and a number of mass graves have been exhumed in the city and its surroundings.