On April 7, the Russian Defense Ministry released photos showing destructions in the city of Raqqa caused by the US-led coalition (source):
The Russian Ministry of Defence has published aerial photos that prove catastrophic destructions in the city of Raqqa caused by bombing of the international coalition. Most dwellings, hospitals, mosques, schools and critical infrastructure have been destroyed.
Humanitarian situation in Raqqa remain extremely difficult, humanitarian missions can hardly reach the city. Most of those who return to city are either wounded or killed because of UXO. In the period of October, 2017 till March 2018, there have been 658 cases of injures by UXO, and 130 people have been killed. Each week there are 25-30 explosions with civilian casualties.
Earlier, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Jan Egeland announced that UN representatives, who had visited Raqqa, confirmed serious destructions – more devastating than those in Aleppo and Homs, liberated by the SAA with support of the Russian Aerospace Force. The UN mission says that 70% of buildings in Raqqa have been destructed.
As a result of the coalition’s bombardment, there are thousands of dead bodies left under the rubbles of collapsed buildings that decompose and contaminate aquifers.
Water and electricity supply systems are not functioning in the city, there are a lot of UXOs left, and there are no hospitals, chemistries and shops in Raqqa. People are not provided with safe conditions for returning back, and those who have returned to the city are in danger.
According to Jan Egeland, there are some 1,000 refugees with nothing to live in, to eat and drink under a constant threat of explosions and epidemics.
One can see a completely different situation in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and suburbs of Damascus in the Eastern Ghouta, which had been liberated by the SAA with support of the Russian Aerospace Forces. People received humanitarian aid, engineer clear up the territory, water supply system have been recovered, and drinking water is delivered to the settlements. State authorities are functioning, and hospital, shops and schools are being reconstructed. As a result more than 55,000 people have returned to the settlements in the Eastern Ghouta recently.