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Syria: Kurdish-Led SDF Captures 35 Percent of ISIL-Held Raqqa City

17 July 2017 10:12

 

The predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have driven ISIL terrorists out of 35 percent of Raqqa city, field sources said on Sunday.

Kurdish-language news websites quoted Omar Holiri, one of the commanders of SDF, as saying that the Kurdish fighters have imposed control over 35 percent of Raqqa city after 40 days of non-stop battle against ISIL in the city.

Relevant reports said last week that the SDF imposed control over more neighborhoods in Raqqa city.

The sources said that the SDF continued to hit ISIL’s positions from several directions and advanced towards the Central part of the city.

They added that the Kurdish fighters drove ISIL out of the historic Citadel of Haron al-Rashid and managed to advance 700m in the neighborhood towards the city center.

The SDF, meantime, captured al-Mazareh square North of al-Barid neighborhood.

The Kurdish forces entered the Old Raqqa neighborhood and won control over half of it after reaching the Old Grand Mosque.

Also, the SDF fighters pushed ISIL back from 75 percent of Raqqa’ Ancient Wall and approached the city’s silos.

The Kurdish-led forces also seized control over the villages of Ajil and Kasreh Mohammad Aqa.

Well-informed sources reported that fresh forces were dispatched to Raqqa city to join their comrades in the SDF.

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