6 casualties in the daily shelling of the international coalition on al-Raqqa city
Al-Raqqa province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 6 people who were killed in aerial bombardment by the International Coalition’s warplanes on places in the city of al-Raqqa on Tuesday, while the bombardment left several people injured, which may increase the death toll.
The SOHR published hors ago that it documented the death of 7 civilians yesterday as a result of the airstrikes carried out by the International Coalition on areas in Al-Raqqah city yesterday. Thus, the civilian fatalities, documented by the SOHR in Al-Raqqah city and countryside since the 5th of June 2017 till today, the 15th of August, rose to 622, including one SOHR activist, 141 children and 86 women. Specifically, 579 civilians, including at least 133 children below the age of 18 and 80 women above the age of 18, were killed in Al-Raqqah city. In addition, 16 civilians, including 3 children and 4 women, died as a result of raids on Zour Shamr village and another area at the southern banks of the Euphrates in the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah. Airstrikes also left hundreds of civilians injured, with varied degrees of severity, some of whom had their limbs amputated, some were left with permanent disabilities, and some are still in a critical condition. Thus, the death toll is still likely to rise. Moreover, tens of houses and public utilities were destroyed as a result of the intensive shelling that targeted the city, its surroundings and outskirts. Information was reported about the fall of more martyrs among civilians but the SOHR could not document such cases.
The Syrian Observatory also documented the death of about 32 members of the “Islamic State” organization who were killed yesterday in shelling of the International Coalition’s warplanes, missile shelling, and during clashes with the Syria Democratic Forces in several areas in the city of al-Raqqa, rising to 767, the number of members of the “Islamic State” organization, including local leaders and group leaders, who were killed and documented by the Syrian Observatory since the beginning of the Grand Battle of al-Raqqa on the 5th of June, 2017 and until Tuesday the 15th of August 2017, in addition to the injury of tens of them with varying degrees of severity.
The Syrian Observatory also documented the death of 6 members of the Syria Democratic Forces, who were killed yesterday in shelling and clashes with the “Islamic State” organization in the city of al-Raqqa, rising to 330 the members of the “Euphrates Wrath” Operation Forces and 4 fighters of American, Georgian and British nationalities, who were all killed in bombings, shelling, and clashes with the “Islamic State” organization in the city of al-Raqqa and at the southern banks of the Euphrates River since the beginning of the Grand Battle of al-Raqqa on the 5th of June 2017 until today.
The city of al-Raqqa is still witnessing the lack of a lot of food items and significant shortage in others. Reliable sources confirmed the absence of vegetables and fruits in the city market since weeks in addition to the significant shortage in medicines and drinking water and their surging prices. Thus, the civilians still residing in Al-Raqqa 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. A state of resentment is prevailing among the citizens of al-Raqqa city because of the daily massacres carried out by the international coalition against the civilians and the IDPs living in the city, and the resentment of the people is increasing gas the international coalition is targeting the building on claims of the presence of snipers of ISIS in and above the building.