US backed Syrian Democratic forces are engaged in fierce fighting with ISIL in the centre of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the jihadist group in Syria.
Kurdish fighters have taken up positions close to the Old Mosque.
Syrian army takes more oil fields from Islamic State in Raqqa and eastern desert https://t.co/9BLCkWu3aU pic.twitter.com/qciIC9R08X— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 15, 2017
An SDF commander says the Jihadists are deliberately placing civilians in danger:
“At the moment the challenges we face are civilians being used as human shields and heavily mined civilian areas. Because of this our other forces are moving slowly, for the civilians’ safety. In fact, we always appeal to the civilians to find a secure place for their safety.”