The liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh came at a massive human cost and infrastructure damage. The US air strikes destroyed most of the city during the fight and thousands of civilian deaths still remain unaccounted for.

The residents have started to return but many are forced to accept that much of what was lost can never be regained.
The residents have started to return but many are forced to accept that much of what was lost can never be regained. (Reuters)

It has been one year since US backed coalition forces took control of the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh. 

Today, much of the city still lies in ruins and thousands of civilian deaths remain unaccounted for. 

Amnesty International says most of the damage was caused by thousands of coalition air strikes.

An estimated 30,000 artillery shells were fired by the US forces.

TRT World's Sarah Balter reports.