The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed up by the US-led coalition’s air power, artillery and military advisers, captured the cotton fields and the cotton company northeast of Raqqah, deploying in just 4 km from the gates to the ISIS-held city.
The SDF has also captured the village of Al-Nasr in the northwestern Raqqa countryside after heavy clashes with ISIS fighters. Now, the SDF is advancing on the 17th Division base.
Meanwhile, 2000 civilians have reportedly left the city of Raqqa to the SDF-held areas. A majority of the shops in Raqqah is closed because of the expected start of the storm of Raqqah.
Local sources reported that ISIS had executed two civilians in the Al-Barazi roundabout and in the Clock Square. ISIS ordered shop owners in the Al-Hal market to evacuate it completely within two days. It’s believed that ISIS wants to build fortifications and to plant IEDs inside it.
According to opposition sources, six civilians have been killed in the village of Ba’arf in the western Raqqa countryside as a result of shelling by US Marines artillery. The village of Saqqoura in the western Raqqa countryside was also shelled by the US Marines and the SDF.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq published photos of an ISIS armed drone targeting two vehicles belonging to the SDF east of Raqqah.