On the 100th day of the grand battle of Al-Raqqah… SDF control more than two thirds of Al-Raqqah city
Al-Raqqah Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: day after day Al-Raqqah city is witnessing collapse of the “Islamic State” organization, which a few months ago used to control the entire city, and took it as its capital and main stronghold in Syria, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored in the past 24 hours violent clashes and fierce confrontations between the “Islamic State” organization against the Syria Democratic fighters Forces supported by the US Special Forces, the clashes are concentrated in the center of Al-Raqqah city, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented again an important advancement for the Syria Democratic forces, who have taken control of one of the most important neighborhoods of Al-Raqqah city; they have taken control of al-Thakanah neighbourhood, getting more closer to the center of Al-Raqqah city .
This advancement was carried out under an intense shelling by the “Euphrates Wrath” Operation Forces, and airstrikes of the International Coalition warplanes on the “Islamic State” organization’s controlled areas as well as the areas of clash between both parties, which enabled the Syria Democratic Forces to achieve a strategic advancement, and expand their control to more than two thirds of the city, where the Syria Democratic Forces are now in control 67.2% of Al-Raqqah city, and now the organization controls Andalos, Shamal Sekket al-Qitar, Huriyah, Teshreen and Tawassoiya in the northern part of Raqqa city, while ISIS still controls with varying percentages other neighborhoods, where clashes between the SDF against ISIS are taking place, they are al-Bareed and al-Nahda in the western part of the city, and the neighborhoods of al-Amin in the center of the city of Raqqa, and al-Rawda and al-Rumaila northeast of Raqqa city, while the SDF controlled the neighborhoods of Sabahiya, Romaniya, Hutteen, Qadisiyah, Yarmouk, and al-Karim west of Raqqa city, the neighborhoods of Hisham Abdul Malik, Nazlat Shhada in the southern part of the city, and al-Sena’aa, al-Mashlab and the Old City and al-Batani in the eastern part of the city, and the neighborhoods of Dar’eiyah, Morur, al-Mansour and al-Thakanah. The SDF also reached the outskirts of the neighborhoods of al-Amin and controlled parts of the neighborhoods of Rumila, Rawda, Bareed and al-Nahda.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 1029 citizens including an activist in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 242 children and 170 citizen women, they were killed in Al-Raqqah city and its countryside since the 5th of June 2017 until the 14th of September 2017, and the casualties are 1005 citizens including 239 children at least under the age of eighteen and 166 citizen women over the age of eighteen, they were killed in Al-Raqqah city, in addition to 16 citizens, 3 children and 4 citizen women were killed by raids on Zor Shammar village and another area on the southern banks of the Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah, the air strikes also resulted in the injury of hundreds of citizens with varying degrees of severity, some of them have amputated limbs and permanent disabilities, while some of the injuries are still in serious cases, which may lead to the increase of the number of casualties, while dozens of houses and service facilities were destroyed in the city, as a result of this intensive bombing, which targeted Al-Raqqah city and its vicinity and outskirts.