AL-RAQQA- Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated 70% of Hisham abdul Melek neighborhood, the fighters also broke the 2nd defensive line of IS. Moreover, clashes are ongoing in other 6 neighborhoods in al-Raqqa.
The fighters have been engaged into fierce clashes against IS mercenaries in 7 neighborhoods of the city on Friday at night hours till this moment, and the fighters liberated 70% from Hisham Abdul Melek neighborhood in the southern side of the city and points in al-Diriya and Old Al-Raqqa neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods where clashes erupted in are: al-Diriya, al-Yarmouk, al-Nahda, al-Barid, Hisham Abdul Melek, al-Rowda and Old Al-Raqqa neighborhoods. The clashes resulted in killing an unknown number of IS mercenaries. In addition to that, a combing campaign was carried out in the back front of clashes as the fighter seized an amount of weapons among them Turkish-made weapons.
By advancing within Hisham Abdul Melek neighborhood, the 2nd defensive line of IS mercenaries has been broken and this reduced the possibility of IS domination of the center of the city.
SDF special teams for dismantling mines carried out an operation of combing as they have seized an amount of ammunition and local-made mines which were supplied to blast. Several liberated villages and hamlets in the northeast countryside have been secured.
In a relevant concern, the mercenaries encircled between 500-600 civilians in al-Tayar neighborhood west of the city on Friday as they were attempting to flee and reach SDF points, they also were targeted by IS mercenaries. According to the civilians who fled the city, the mercenaries are killing everyone who do not submit to their instructions. Moreover, the other civilians’ situation who stayed inside the city is so critical.