After the liberation of the city of al-Raqqa from Daesh mercenaries many thousands of mines were left behind, which caused the deaths of many of the children and people of al-Raqqa. Immediately after the liberation of the city, Roj Ramco team, which specializes in demining in northern and eastern Syria, rushed to work in the city of Raqqa and dismantled thousands of mines.
The Ramco team has a team called "Rapid Intervention", which is tasked to proceed as quickly as possible to any mine or explosive device in the city and its countryside, in coordination with the Civil Council and the Internal Security Forces in the city.
Everywhere the Ramco team goes, there is a medical team with them, in anticipation of any explosion during demining, to provide the necessary treatment and first aid.
Difficulties the team encounters
After the Syrian Democratic forces tightened the siege on Daesh mercenaries in the city of al-Raqqa, mercenaries were quick to plant mines in the entrances to the city and its streets, and many public and private buildings, in addition to schools, and the types of these mines in terms of types and sizes, including manual, laser, mortar, M82, which weighs 450 kg, and these types of mines and missiles pose a significant risk to the lives of the team that works to remove them, because they need expertise.
Our agency monitored the fieldwork of the team in Al-Tayyar district during the demining process of a special building for civilians, and the number of bombs removed by the team from that house was 150.
"The purpose of our work in demining is to save the lives of civilians from the threat of mines, especially children who do not distinguish between mines and others," said Mustafa Saleh Bin, head of the team of Roj Ramco, who has been demining for nearly three years in a row in areas occupied by Daesh mercenaries.
"We are working three or four times a week to remove the mines from the areas where they were planted, and there are still more than 30,000 mines in the city and its countryside," Mustafa Saleh said.
He said that the team had cleaned 30 fields in the northern al-Raqqa area of Kalata, Ghazali and Hazima. "All the fields that we cleaned were a source of livelihood for the people because they are all agricultural, and most people rely on agriculture for their livelihood," he said.