The embattled Syrian city of Raqqa has experienced major civilian deaths in just two days.
“In Raqqa city, if you don’t die from air strikes, you die by mortar fire; if not by mortars then by sniper shots; if not by snipers, then by an explosive device. And if you get to live, you are besieged by hunger and thirst, as there is no food, no water, no electricity,” reported Doctors Without Borders (MSF) quoting a Syrian man who fled from Raqqa.
Raqqa is the de facto Syrian capital of ISIS. They have more than 25,000 citizens tapped inside the city.
The life in Raqqa is plagued with extreme shortage of food and fuel. The tapped Syrians are the worst victims of the Syrian conflicts.
At least 100 people have been killed in last 48 hours by US-led strikes. US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been targeting the Raqqa ISIL in the ongoing offensive against the terrorist group.
Al Jazeera reported that only in Bedou and Al-Sukhani 55 civilians have been killed on Monday.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) meanwhile has revealed the casualty figure at 69 in the two days’ offensive.
Through the ongoing offensives against the ISIS forces in Raqqa, half of the city has already been captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
AFP reported quoting SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman, “The tolls are high because the air strikes are hitting neighbourhoods in the city centre that are densely packed with civilians. There are buildings full of civilians that are trying to get away from the front lines. Coalition air strikes are targeting any building where any kind of [ISIL] movements are being detected.”