The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Despite the resentment of the residents of Al-Raqqah city the daily massacres… Coalition warplanes continue the targeting causing more casualties and wounded

Al-Raqqah Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the International Coalition warplanes carried out further strikes on areas in Al-Raqqah city, targeting areas controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in the city, in conjunction with the continuation of the clashes between the Syria Democratic Forces, supported by the US Special Forces against the “Islamic State” organization in areas in the vicinity of the center of Al-Raqqah city which caused casualties and wounded, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of at least 10 persons including 2 children and 1 citizen woman, they were killed in the past 24 hours, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation, the airstrikes also caused material damage and destruction to the property of citizens.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on Saturday the 5th of August 2017, that the resentment is prevailing among the people of Al-Raqqah city because of the daily massacres perpetrated by the International Coalition, targeting civilians and the displaced who fled to the city under the pretext of the existence of an ISIS sniper in a building or on top of another.

It is worth mentioning that hundreds of families managed during the past few weeks, since the start of the Grand Battle of Al-Raqqah on the 6th of June 2017, to flee ISIS-controlled areas to areas controlled by the SDF who lead the “Euphrates Wrath” Operation which was launched on the 6th of November 2016 and who took control of vast areas of Al-Raqqah city until they managed to control over %50 of Al-Raqqah city area, which was considered the main stronghold and capital of ISIS in Syria.

The SOHR observed the situation in Al-Raqqah city where tens of thousands of civilians are still present in ISIS-controlled areas, trapped between the hammer of ISIS and the anvil of the International Coalition, which causes more and more casualties one day after the other in Al-Raqqah city by means of their escalated daily shelling on the city, which used to be the main stronghold and capital of ISIS in Syria. Moreover, the only way out of that trap is planted with landmines that leave more martyrs and injured each time. The SOHR documented the exhumation of 6 dead bodies during the past 24 hours by the SDF. The dead bodies belonged to 6 civilians who tried to escape the inevitable death hovering around them and their families to faraway areas only to find death waiting for them on the way of salvation. Such fear of death was accompanied by the lack of a lot of food items and significant decrease in others. Reliable sources confirmed the absence of vegetables and fruits in the city market in addition to the significant shortage in medicines and drinking water and their surging prices. Thus, the civilians still residing in Al-Raqqah depend mainly on grains, rice and legumes which have been stored by the city citizens or the shops. Moreover, ISIS members are breaking into the shops and seizing its contents, especially clothes shops.