Media spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali said that Nazlat Shehada district, Al-Edikhar housing and Panorama Roundabout in Raqqa City witnessed fierce clashes over the last 72 hours.
“ISIS continues to carry out counter-attacks on our points of concentration, and after besieging the city about a month ago, Islamic State Organization still using booby trapped cars and motorcycles, explosive belts and tunnels,” Bali said.
Bali stressed that Raqqa Battle is not an easy battle, and that the SDF has so far managed to capture 50% of the city.
Bali also said that large numbers of civilians are still trapped inside the cit and that SDF is working to evacuate them.
“We communicate with besieged civilians through special units that collect databases to search for the best solutions and safe outlets to evacuate them,” he said.
Indeed, the SDF has so far managed to evacuate tens of thousands of civilians from the city.
According to local sources, the humanitarian situation in Raqqa is very bad due to the siege imposed on the city by the SDF, and ISIS practices inside the city.
More than 100 children have been reportedly killed in Raqqa city as a result of the US-led coalition air strikes and the shelling of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the city since the start of the storm of the city. According to opposition sources, the artillery shelling on civilian areas in Raqqa killed at least 50 civilians over the past 48 hours.