The ISIL terrorist group has started fortifying its defense lines around the Syrian city of Raqqa amid rapid advances of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the province, media sources reported.
The Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted witnesses and informed sources as saying that the ISIL terrorists started to construct more positions around Raqqa city, including anti-tank trenches, while its engineering units launched mining underground tunnels.
The terrorists have also forced residents of local villages into the city in order to use them as a "human shield," the newspaper said.
Local sources in Northeastern Syria said on Wednesday that 75 percent of ISIL members left Raqqa city for Deir Ezzur province, adding that the terrorist group was digging more trenches around the city to slow down the anti-ISIL front's rapid advances.
The source said in spite of digging more trenches and building more bunkers in the Eastern, Northern and Western outskirts of Raqqa, the entire commanders and a large part of ISIL terrorists left the city, adding that the remaining pockets of the terrorists were residents of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces.
They added that the ISIL pardoned all the people whose documents had been seized by the terrorist group for actions harmful to the ISIL or violating its rules.
The sources went on to say that the ISIL built a long moat along the al-Qatar street in the Northern part of Raqqa city.
The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported on Wednesday that the SDF forces in the third phase of the Euphrates Rage Operation from the two fronts of Abu Khasab and Beir al-Haba managed to take control of 16 villages in Eastern Raqqa and Northwestern Deir Ezzur, including Jubb al-Khalil, al-Homeish, al-Safar, Hashwa Hal Manasereh, Reza, Beir Amo Hossein, Rafi'eh, Koubar, Jazreh, Abdul Matni, Mohammad al-Ayash, al-Kaja and Khas.
Hawar news said that the SDF fighters advanced 62km in Eastern Raqqa in 10 days.
The SDF also seized control over Manakher Qarbi and Manakher Sharqi in Eastern Raqqa, purging the region of ISIL.
Posted on Saturday 18 March 2017 by admin