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ISIS Actively Prepares for Protracted Defense of Raqqa

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The Islamic State terrorist group has started to build fortifications around Raqqa city, preparing for a protracted defense.

ISIS Actively Prepares for Protracted Defense of Raqqa

Photo: AP Photo / Militant website

Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group have declared the Syrian city of Raqqa a “zone of military operations” and started to build fortifications around it, preparing for a protracted defense, the Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, a few days ago, IS terrorists started to dispatch residents of the surrounding villages to the city in order to use them as a human shield. They also equip machine-gun emplacements at the approaches to the city, covering them with sandbags, dig antitank ditches and lay mines in underground tunnels.

The city is located on a bank of the Euphrates River, about 300,000 people live there.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government appealed to the UN Secretary General with a request to make the Western coalition’s forces to stop bombing of dams, located on the Euphrates River.

“Destruction of these dams, which became objects of airstrikes, will wash away and flood cities and villages, endangering lives of hundreds of thousands of people, inhabiting in these areas,” the appeal reads.

“The Syrian Arab Republic calls on the [UN] Security Council to fulfill its obligations to preserve international peace and security and to take urgent measures to save the region from the impending catastrophe.”

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