SDF gains in Raqqa

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BEIRUT: The US-backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF) are on the verge of seiz­ing full con­trol of the south­ern neigh­bour­hoods of Is­lamic State-held Raqqa, a Kur­dish of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

The US-led coali­tion said SDF fight­ers ad­vanc­ing from the east were within 300m of meet­ing up with those ad­vanc­ing from the west.

The SDF was mak­ing “con­sis­tent gains” ev­ery day, the coali­tion spokesman said.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion said there were crit­i­cal short­ages of med­i­cal sup­plies in Raqqa and Médecins Sans Fron­tières said many sick and wounded peo­ple were trapped. Reuters

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