US-backed Syrian forces claim control of neighborhood in Raqqa
A file photo shows a member of the People's Protection Unit (YPG), a Kurdish militia which is part of the coalition that makes the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), sitting atop the Tabqa Dam, also known as Euphrates Dam, near the city of Tabqa, Syria, May 12, 2017. EFE/EPA/YOUSSEF RABIE
Beirut, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- United States-backed Syrian forces said on Monday they had gained control of a neighborhood in the southwestern part of the northern city of Raqqa, the Islamic State terror organization's main stronghold in the war-torn country.
Shervan Derwish, a spokesman from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told EFE over the phone that his forces captured al-Yarmouk neighborhood, located near the Euphrates River.
After securing the roads in southern Raqqa and the surrounding city, the SDF advanced and liberated al-Yarmouk on Sunday, according to Derwish.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights explained the SDF dominated only the western sector of al-Yarmouk, noting fighting between both sides continued in al-Raqqa's Old City.
The British-based monitoring group added at least three people, including two women, were killed on Monday and several others were wounded in US-led international coalition bombings.
Since June 6, the SDF has been fighting the IS in Raqqa since the extremists proclaimed a caliphate in 2014 affecting large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq.