The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that ISIS has regained control over the strategic Al-Sinaa district in eastern Raqqah following fierce clashes with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to AFP, ISIS used suicide bombers, armed drones and tunnels during the attack.
ISIS hasn’t yet confirmed these reports, but claimed that 30 SDF fighters were killed or wounded during the clashes in Al-Sinaa, Al-Mashbab districts and at the Al-Barazi Roundabout. ISIS also claimed that its snipers killed 9 SDF fighters in Al-Jazra and Al-Romaniah in western Raqqah.
With the support of the US-led Coalition, the SDF managed to advance in Al-Diriyah district in western Raqqa, where it managed to seize a number of buildings. Moreover, the US-led Coalition announced that its warplanes carried out more than 13 airstrikes against ISIS targets in the city.
According to opposition sources, three civilians, including a child, lost their life on Friday as a result of the bombing by the US-led Coalition on civilian areas in Raqqa. Opposition sources had published a list of 652 civilians, including children and women killed between March 15, 2017 and June 7, 2017 by the US-led Coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa Province.