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Battle for Raqqa: those fleeing city complain of lack of food and medicine in stifling summer heat

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By Euronews
Battle for Raqqa: those fleeing city complain of lack of food and medicine in stifling summer heat

<p>Syrians fleeing Raqqa say a lack of resources and the grueling summer heat are making life increasingly hard. </p> <p>At one refugee camp, north of the embattled Syrian city, severe shortages of water, food and medicine are being reported as more and more people attempt to escape <span class="caps">ISIL</span>. </p> <p>One man from Deir Al Zor said: “We left Deir Al Zor on the 2nd of this month. We’ve been on the road for more than a week. We fled the airstrikes, the destruction, the airplanes, there was no food, no water, no bread. [ISIL] were forcing anyone between the ages of 15 to 40 to join them. We escaped from Daesh to come here. We spent a week on the road, in the wilderness, without food or water, and we have just arrived here at the camp.” </p> <p>The mass exodus of Raqqa has been prompted by the advance of Kurdish militia on the city. Fighting among them, one British man, a former IT worker turned sniper. </p> <p>“Before I came here, I was you know just living a normal life like everyone back home. I was fixing computers, and I was a painter. And yeah, I was just doing normal stuff like everyone else. And then I decided I wanted to come join the <span class="caps">YPG</span>, I wanted to fight evil in Syria. And yeah, simple as that really,” Jack Holmes said. </p> <p>The US-backed offensive to capture <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s de facto Syrian capital was launched in June. </p> <p>So far, the Kurdish led forces are believed to have taken control of around half the city.</p>