Pro-US Kurdish forces advancing into Raqqa

Repeated air strikes against ISIS stronghold, civilian victims

17 July, 14:36

    BEIRUT -  US-backed Kurdish forces are advancing into the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria as the international anti-ISIS coalition led by Washington continues to bomb the city, local activists report eyewitnesses as saying. The Kurdish forces have reportedly entered the southwestern quarter of Yarmuk. The same sources report that the coalition has carried out at least 16 air strikes on Raqqa in the last 24 hours.

    The city has been totally surrounded for weeks. Recently the national observatory for human rights in Syria (ONDUS) reported that the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces had occupied around 35% of the city. At least 233 civilians were killed between the start of the offensive on July 5 and July 12, in addition to 359 ISIS militants and 137 SDF militants. The fighting, reciprocal bombardment and car bombs used by ISIS to stop the advance have already caused massive damage to homes, shops and infrastructure.

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