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United Nations calls for humanitarian cease-fire in Raqqa, Syria

United Nations calls for humanitarian cease-fire in Raqqa, Syria

Thousands of civilians trapped in Raqqa, northern Syria, are coming under fire from all sides as the battle for control of the city enters its final stage, Amnesty International said following an in-depth investigation on the ground.

It added that ISIS had had up to three years to prepare its defense of cities such as Raqqa and Mosul, in Iraq, meaning that the only way to liberate them was to fight street by street, and that commanders must find a "delicate balance" between operational needs and protecting non-combatants.

British Army Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones, the deputy commander for the USA -led coalition, told reporters Wednesday that coalition jets go to "extraordinary lengths" to minimize civilian casualties when conducting airstrikes.

Townsend said it was logical to assume there had been "some increase" in civilian casualties as a result of increased strikes, but that he had seen no hard evidence that casualties had increased significantly.

There has been a recent increase in the number of coalition air strikes on Raqqa.

Monitoring groups say they've documented over 150 civilian deaths from air strikes in Raqqa since August 14, underscoring the challenges as IS militants continue to use civilians as human shields. "No electricity, no water, probably very little food. and the battle nearly every day". Some spent weeks behind front lines without access to proper medical care, leaving charities with no choice but to amputate wounded limbs.

Abu Adel's fighters are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a multi-ethnic Syrian coalition made up of mostly Kurdish and Arab fighters that launched their battle for Raqqa city on June 6.

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Over the space of a week leading up to this past Tuesday, approximately 170 civilians were killed by coalition bombardment, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

THE United Nations yesterday called for a humanitarian pause to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilians to escape from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and urged the American-led coalition to rein in air strikes that have caused casualties. "We are now at the clock tower roundabout, and our guys are fighting in Mansur Street", he says.

Islamic State is on the back foot in both Syria and Iraq. Yet a handful of organizations are still documenting civilian deaths on a daily basis.

"Crossing the river has been a key escape route for civilians fleeing the conflict in Raqqa, so striking "every boat" - on the erroneous assumption that any boat will be carrying IS fighters or weapons - is indiscriminate and prohibited by the laws of war", said Donatella Rovera.

"We've asked people to put a piece of paper in their pockets with their name and addresses written on them so we can know who they are after a bombing", Zaid a-Thabit, a Syrian journalist and Raqqa resident told Syria Direct in an interview last week.

The deaths have proved a propaganda boon for the Islamic State, which published footage on one of its official propaganda outlets showing the bodies of at least four infants in what appeared to be a mortuary, one child still in striped pajamas.

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