Fresh Syrian air strikes hit IS headquarters in Raqqa

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IS militants in Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria – Forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad struck on Monday positions of the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa city, north of Syria. 

The Syrian air force reportedly launched 16 air raids against headquarters of the Islamic State group in Raqqa, killing dozens, including civilians. 

According to local sources, the raids also destroyed the main water plant in Raqqa, cutting water supplies across the city. 

Activists told ARA News that Monday’s air raids also targeted al-Tabqa military airport west of Raqqa city, where dozens of IS militants are based. 

The Islamic State seized the city of Raqqa nearly one year ago after expelling rival Syrian rebels. IS militants have recently controlled the last military base of pro-Assad army in Raqqa after fierce clashes during which 40 regime soldiers were killed. 

Militants of IS, an al-Qaeda offshoot, currently holds a third of the Syrian territory.  

 

Reporting by: Anas al-Tayyib

Source: ARA News 

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