Syria: Drone footage captures Raqqa's smouldering ruins amid continued fighting *EXCLUSIVE*

Exclusive drone footage of the embattled northern city of Raqqa was released on Monday, as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their fight against militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). The drone flew over the west of the city in late August as the SDF's military campaign against IS continued. Footage shows smoke rising from IS-held positions, the... Еще result of airstrikes carried out by coalition forces, as well as ground level shots of destroyed neighbourhoods and advancing SDF military vehicles. SDF forces cleared the Great Mosque of Raqqa and the city's Old Town district on September 2, according to a statement released by the US Department of Defense on Monday. Civilian casualties have been heavy as a result of the fighting, with the UN Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien stating on Friday: «the UN estimates that an average of 27 people are being killed in Raqqa every day; up to 25,000 civilians still remain trapped in the city and are increasingly exposed to the crossfire of the ongoing fighting.» Mandatory Credit: Gabriel Chaim
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