The “Islamic State” organization attacks violently the regime forces in the outskirts of the last city under its control in the province of Al-Raqqah and Russian warplanes intensify their raids on Madan
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Russian warplanes as well as regime’s warplanes targeted areas in the city of Madan and the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah city, by dozens of air strikes, coincide with raids targeted areas controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor adjacent to the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah, amid the continuation of violent clashes between the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities on one hand, and the members of the “Islamic State” organization on the other, in areas in the outskirts of Madan city, which is the last city controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in the province of Al-Raqqah, where the outskirts of the city are witnessing since about 24 hours, starting the organization to carry out violent counter attacks, aimed to prevent the regime forces to penetrate into Madan city, the clashes accompanied by shelling, explosions and exchange of targeting in the clash areas between the both parties.
The SOHR published Tuesday that the regime forces were able with the support of their loyal gunmen and the Russian air cover to control villages and residential blocks located west of city, and they have reached the outskirts of Madan city which is considered the last city controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in Al-Raqqah Province, where clashes are taking place between both parties in the outskirts of the city, which is left with a village located to the east under the control of the “Islamic State” organization, and if the regime forces control them then the presence of the “Islamic State” organization in the countryside of Al-Raqqah will be ended, and by that the organization will only be in control of about 45% of Al-Raqqah city only in Al-Raqqah Province.
The continuous airstrikes on Madan city and the villages on the southern banks of the Euphrates River, have caused a massive displacement, where the cities and villages at the southern banks of the Euphrates River are virtually empty of their inhabitants, most of them have displaced to areas controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces in the western countryside of Raqqa and in the northern banks of the Euphrates River, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on Saturday, the 5th of August, that the regime forces managed to take control of a number of villages and residential complexes located between Ghanim Al-Ali town and Ma’dan city. They are only 4 km away from the walls of Ma’dan city, which is considered the last city under the control of ISIS in Al-Raqqah Province. Such an important advancement came as a result of the intensive violent rocket and artillery shelling by the regime forces and the raids carried out by the Russian and the regime’ warplanes, leaving hundreds of houses, shops, buildings, utilities and infrastructure destroyed.