(ARA News) The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday captured a new district in the city of Raqqa after heavy clashes with Islamic State’s (IS) jihadists, military sources reported.
Supported by the US-led coalition’s air cover, the SDF troops took control of the al-Baitara district in Raqqa.
“Subsequent to heavy clashes with IS terrorists, the SDF liberated the Baitara district on Sunday,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.
“Dozens of IS militants were killed and injured in the clashes ,” the source said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces also destroyed two IS vehicles during the clashes in al-Baitara.
In the meantime, clashes continued between the SDF and IS in the neighbourhoods of Hatin and Qadisiya in western Raqqa.
Al-Baitara is the fifth district to be liberated since the launch of the battle for Raqqa 10 days ago, after the US-backed SDF troops captured the districts of al-Mishlab, al-Sabahiya, al-Romaniya, and Sinaa.
The SDF leadership on Saturday confirmed the death of 312 IS militants since the Raqqa city operation was launched on 6 June.
Source: ARA News