On Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters captured Wasiah village south of al-Suwar town in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside. The SDF also said that its fighters killed 2 ISIS fighters during their advance.
Kurdish sources also reported that the SDF repelled an attack of ISIS on its positions in the cotton and sugar factories north of Deir Ezzor city. SDF fighters reportedly killed 2 ISIS members during the clashes.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq announced that ISIS fighters destroyed a vehicle of the SDF with an IED near Tabiyeh gas field north of Deir Ezzor city.
Meanwhile in Raqqa city, the SDF announced that it stopped its attack on al-Asuad stadium in the center of the city. According to the “Syriac Military Council” the SDF stopped the attack because ISIS fighters were holding many civilians as hostages inside and around it.
The SDF also announced that that its fighters evacuated 90 civilians from the center of Raqqa city. The SDF also discovered two weapons depots and workshops of ISIS in al-Firdous district in the city center.
As the SDF further advances, civilians held by ISIS are becoming the number one problem. According to local sources, thousands of civilians are still trapped inside theISIS-held area in Raqqa city, especially in the national hospital area.