UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria’s Raqqa since April 1

The US military is supporting local Syrian forces in a campaign to drive IS from Raqqa. (AP)
Updated 28 July 2017
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UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria’s Raqqa since April 1

UNITED NATIONS: A senior UN humanitarian official says over 200,000 people in Syria have fled their homes in the area around the Daesh group’s de facto capital of Raqqa since April 1.
The figure includes more than 30,000 displaced just this month as US-backed Syrian fighters try to oust the extremists.
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller told the UN Security Council by video from Jordan on Thursday that an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people remain in Raqqa.
She said the city is encircled and “there is no way for them to get out.”
Mueller also said the UN has delivered aid only to a few hard-to-reach areas in Syria and not a single besieged location this month. She blamed the Syrian government, armed groups, insecurity and fighting.


Daesh attacks kill 27 Syria pro-regime fighters in 48 hours: monitor

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Daesh attacks kill 27 Syria pro-regime fighters in 48 hours: monitor

  • The monitor said the dead included four senior Syrian army officer
  • The Amaq propaganda arm of Daesh took responsibility of the operation

BEIRUT: Attacks by Daesh group fighters deep in the Syrian Desert killed 27 Damascus troops and allied fighters over the past 48 hours, a monitoring group said on Saturday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included four senior Syrian army officer.
The Amaq propaganda arm of Daesh, which lost the last vestige of its “caliphate” to Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria last month but retains desert and mountain hideouts in both Syria and Iraq, said its fighters carried out the operation.