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SYRIA: KURDISH-LED SDF DRIVE DAESH OUT OF 65% OF RAQQA CITY

The predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have pushed back Daesh from 65 percent of Raqqa city's neighborhoods, Jeihan Sheikh Ahmad, the official spokesman for the Euphrates Rage Operation Room said.

Sheikh Ahmad said that the Kurdish forces have seized control over the neighborhoods of old Raqqa and al-Dar'eiyeh that were the most important strongholds of Daesh in the city.

He further added that the SDF has not imposed control over 65 percent of Raqqa, including 14 neighborhoods of al-Sabahi, al-Romaniyeh, Hatin, al-Karim, al-Qadesiyeh, al-Yrmouk, Nazla al-Shahadah, Hosham bin Abdul Malik, al-Moshalab, al-Sina'a, al-Batani, al-Dor'eiyeh and old Raqqa that covers the neighborhoods of al-Masoureh and al-Rafeqah.

Sheikh Ahmad also said that fierce clashes are underway between the SDF and Daesh in six neighborhoods of al-Marour, al-Barid, al-Nehza, al-Amin, al-Rowza and al-Ramileh.

In the meantime, the People's Protection Units (YPG) released a full statement covering the battle for Raqqa where heavy clashes continue day and night.

According to the YPG (main military branch of the SDF) press statement, some 65 percent of Raqqa's provincial capital has been 'liberated' while 2,000 hostages were freed from DAesh captivity over the past month.

Effectively, Kurdish forces are now in control of 14 of out the city's 23 neighborhoods, the YPG statement said.

The statement said that a total of 1,244 militants have been killed since the beginning of the battle.

Three prisoners-of-war were taken by Kurdish troops while 28 suicide bombers were neutralized in August.

Relevant reports said last month that the SDF engaged in fierce clashes with Daesh 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 Daesh 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 Daesh and the SDF in the city center and near Hosham bin Abdul Malik neighborhood, mentioning that SDF units were just a few hundred yards away from the notorious al-Sa'ah Square, where the Daesh executed people.

Source: NAM News Network