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local hospital awaits recoveryShattered ultrasound machines and prosthetic limbs litter the hallways of Raqqa's main hospital, still gutted almost a year after Daesh (ISIS) militant group made its infamous last stand in its Syrian heartland. On Oct. 17 last year, U.S.-backed forces overran the city's final two militant holdouts the National Hospital and nearby stadium sealing the end of Daesh's bloody three-year reign over Raqqa. But a year later, as other parts of the city are being slowly rebuilt, the massive hospital remains in ruins, almost haunted.Lingering dangerThe Raqqa native began working in the hospital in 2003 at the age of 22, and stayed on when Daesh captured the city 11 years later.Hussein recalls Daesh members shoring up the hospital's defenses last year, digging tunnels and setting up blast walls as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces closed in. Since then, tens of thousands of people have returned to Raqqa, but life is still dangerous in the city.
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