The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed on Wednesday that it has captured Hittin district from ISIS in the western part of Raqqa city. SDF fighters also discovered an ISIS arms depot in western Raqqa.
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Meanwhile, the SDF continued attempts to advance in Al-Nahda and Al-Dir’iya districts in the western part of Raqqa city.
Since the SDF has managed to encircle ISIS fighters inside Raqqa, clashes have intensified. Now, ISIS fighters defend their positions more fierece, especially in the eastern part of the city. It seems that the battle of Raqqa, although not as brutal as the battle of Mosul, may last for at least more than three months.
According to pro-government and opposing sources, 43 civilians, including women and children, lost their life as a result of an air strike by the US-led coalition warplanes on Al-Jamiliya district in Raqqa City.
The United Nations announced that 173 civilians were killed in Raqqa city by the US-led coalition this month only. Opposition sources had previously announced that more than 500 civilians have been killed by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition since the beginning of the operation the “Wrath of Euphrates”.