The removal of rubble has been an essential part of the general reconstruction process in Deir ez-Zour and the rest of northern and eastern Syria.
The organisation currently involved in the clearance of rubble in the countryside areas of Deir ez-Zour Province is called the “Early Intervention” team. It is focusing on removing debris from public facilities. Workers are collecting the rubble from these facilities and transporting them to locations that are far away from residential areas, so as not to cause any disturbances for local residents. The current work is focused in the western regions of Deir ez-Zour Province.
“We have almost finished. After finishing the job we will go to the water reservoirs and we will remove the rubble there”, noted Ahmad al-Ali, a member of the Early Intervention team.
Deir ez-Zour was one of the provinces in Syria with a relatively high ISIS presence in the past few years and so it was the site of destruction and military conflict during that period. This led to the destruction of much of the region’s infrastructure, including homes, public facilities and water reservoirs.
The Deir ez-Zour Civil Council has been heavily involved in the reconstruction process of the region since it was liberated from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are politically aligned with the regional authorities, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, that created the Civil Council.
Other regions of the Autonomous Administration are also undergoing similar reconstruction projects. Raqqa is a particular focus for reconstruction as it was de facto the centre of ISIS rule in Syria for a number of years. The city had a pressing issue regarding mines left over by ISIS. Teams were dispatched to Raqqa to clear the city of mines. The reconstruction of Raqqa’s Old Bridge is among the recent examples of reconstruction in the city, which has also witnessed the rehabilitation of the Na’im Roundabout from an execution spot into a public spot and memorial.