The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to capture the village of Al-Mansoura in the western Raqqa countryside, thus tightening the siege on ISIS fighters in the Al-Ba’ath dam area east of the village.
The SDF killed 19 ISIS fighters and captured one of ISIS tank workshops in Hamam village. The workshop contained several T-55 tanks, mostly destroyed.
Footage of the destroyed 2 ISIS tanks by SDF/Coalition in the village of Mansura. East of Tabqa. pic.twitter.com/qmGccLJJh5
— Afarin Mamosta (@AfarinMamosta) June 2, 2017
According to opposition sources, ISIS withdrew from Al-Mansoura on Friday, after an agreement between ISIS and the SDF which allows ISIS fighters to withdraw from Al-Mansoura, Hnideh and Al-Ba’ath dam.
— قوات سوريا من الجبهة (@QSD_Jabha) June 2, 2017
From its side, the SDF had denied holding such agreements. However the Russian Defense Ministry and the US-led coalition had previously confirmed that the SDF allowed ISIS to withdraw from Tabqah town.
Separately, US-led coalition warplanes targeted gatherings of ISIS fighters at Hittin farm in the vicinity of Raqqa, and bombed Swediah village and Raqqa city.
According to the US-led coalition, 20,000 civilians have fled from Raqqa city to the SDF-held areas so far. The US-led coalition has argued that it will work on encircling the ISIS-held city before storming it.