Based on reports, the ISIL is fortifying positons in the neighborhoods that are still under the control of the terrorist group in Raqqa city after the SDF managed to take control over the Southern districts of the city yesterday.
The reports added that the ISIL is firmly resisting against SDF, backed up by US-led coalition warplanes.
According to reports, ISIL militants are using machine guns on street corners and in rooms and snipers to gun down SDF fighters.
Field sources said on Tuesday that the SDF engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and pushed them back from Nazla Shahada neighborhood adjacent to Hosham Bin Abdul Malik neighborhood in South Raqqa.
In the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ISIL withdrew from the Southern districts of Raqqa city and the Northern bank of the Euphrates River after the Kurdish fighters deployed in Eastern Raqqa (Hosham Bin Abdul Malik neighborhood) advanced to shake hands with their comrades that had marched from the Western part of the city (Nazla Shahada neighborhood).
Field sources reported fierce clashes between ISIL and the SDF in the city center and near Hosham Bin Abdul Malik neighborhood, mentioning that SDF units are just a few hundred yards away from the notorious al-Sa’ah Square, where the ISIL executed people.