The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Al-Qadissiya district in the western part of Raqqa city and Al-Batani district in its eastern part after fierce clashes with ISIS terrorists that lasted about a week.
Furthermore, the SDF announced that its fighters managed to down six ISIS armed drones in Raqqa city.
From its side, ISIS claimed that its snipers killed SDF fighters in Al-Romaniah district in western Raqqa. Three other SDF fighters were reportedly killed in Al Sina’ah district in eastern Raqqa. An SDF drone was also downed in Al Sina’ah.
In the southern countryside of Raqqa, the SDF continued its advance and captured the strategic village of Kasr al-Sheikh Jumaa, deploying in only 2 kilometers from the road to the southern entrance of Raqqa City.
The SDF is expected to continue its advance in the southern Raqqa countryside to fully encircle ISIS fighters in Raqqa city.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR ), 117 civilians lost their life as a result of the US-led coalition airstrikes in Raqqa city during the last 12 days. The US-led coalition military strikes have killed 142 fighters from ISIS in Raqqa so far.