Civilians pour out of Syria's Raqa as bombing intensifies

  • Thursday 12, October 2017 in 11:35 PM
  • Syrian civilians gather on the western edge of Raqa after fleeing the city
Sharjah 24:Dozens of desperate civilians streamed out of battlefront districts of Syria's Raqa on Thursday after a ferocious resumption in bombardment against Daesh group holdouts in the city.
US-led air strikes have helped the Syrian Democratic Forces oust Daesh from around 90 percent of the group's one-time bastion, but hundreds of Daesh fighters and civilians are still believed to be holed up near Raqa's city centre. 
 
Early Thursday morning, dozens of people -- mostly women and children -- crossed the front line in Raqa's central Al-Badu district and were transported by SDF forces to a row of one-room concrete warehouses on the western edge of the city.