After the International Coalition’s massacre a few days ago… the SDF manage to control Al-Rasheed neighborhood and tens of meters separate them from the center of the city
Al-Raqqah Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that violent clashes are taking place in Al-Raqqah city between the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the US Special Forces on one hand, and the members of ISIS on the other, in areas in the Old City, where cross-sources confirmed to SOHR that the Syria Democratic Forces managed to achieve advancement and take control of Al-Rasheed neighborhood in the city, approaching to the center of Al-Raqqah city, where tens of meters separate the SDF from the center the city, the clashes were accompanied by exchange of shelling between the both parties, while Russian warplanes flied over the city targeting areas controlled by ISIS there, and primitive information was obtained about the massacre which was committed by warplanes of the International Coalition in the city, which left dozens of casualties and wounded.
It’s important to mention that the warplanes of the International Coalition carried out a massacre in Al-Moataz Street in Al-Rasheed neighborhood, on the 15th of August 2017, which resulted in the death of 25 people at least, they were killed and documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the bombing that took place on the evening on the 15th of august 2017 including 1 3 children and 6 citizen women, in addition to the injury of tens of others, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published in the past 24 hours that al-Raqqa city which used to be the main stronghold of ISIS in Syria, is witnessing ongoing clashes with a different pace of violence, according to the clash area and its distance from the center of the city, where the clashes are concentrated between the SDF backed by the US Special Forces against members of ISIS in areas in the vicinity of the center of al-Raqqa city, the old city and north of the neighborhood of Nazlet Shehada and Hesham Abdul Malek, as well as the vicinity of al-Rashid neighborhood and al-Busariha alley. The clashes and the shelling in the clash areas and the aerial bombardment of the International Coalition killed at least 29 members of ISIS and injured others during the past 24 hours in clashes, in addition to causing human losses in the ranks of the SDF.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also published on Tuesday the 22nd of August 2017 that airstrikes by the International Coalition warplanes continue to target ISIS-controlled areas in Al-Raqqah causing more casualties among civilians, tens of thousands of whom are besieged, trapped between the hammer of the “Islamic State” organization and the anvil of the International Coalition. The City has been witnessing escalated shelling for days, amid continued clashes between the SDF backed by the US Special Forces on one hand and ISIS on the other. Clashes are accompanied by an exchange of shelling and booby-trapped vehicles set up by ISIS at the contact lines.
The SOHR learned that such airstrikes left tens of dead and injured during the past 24 hours in addition to the destruction they inflicted on the infrastructure and the civilians’ properties in the city. The SOHR documented the death of 42 civilians, including 19 children below the age of 18 and 12 women above the age of 18, as a result of the massacres perpetrated by the International Coalition warplanes in Al-Sakhani and Al-Badw alleys and Al-Hadiqa Al-Baydaa’ area. Victims belong to around 5 different families and include some of the displaced. Thus, the death toll, documented by the SOHR since the afternoon of Monday, the 14th of August, till dawn today, the 22nd of August, rose to 167 including 59 children and 37 women. The death toll is still likely to rise because some of the injured are in a critical condition and some are still missing, whether they were killed or are still alive is unknown.