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AFP:3,250 killed in Raqa battle, including 1,130 civilians

AFP:3,250 killed in Raqa battle, including 1,130 civilians

17 October 2017 | 15:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Raqa. The more than four-month-long battle for Raqa, which US-backed forces declared over Tuesday, has left at least 3,250 people dead, more than a third of them civilians, a monitor said, AFP reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 1,130 civilians were among those killed since the start of the operation in early June. Hundreds more were still missing and may have been buried alive in their homes by shelling, bombs and air strikes.
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AFP: Some IS foreign fighters have left Raqa under deal: local official

AFP: Some IS foreign fighters have left Raqa under deal: local official

15 October 2017 | 10:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Raqqa. Some foreign Islamic State group fighters have left the one-time jihadist bastion of Raqa in Syria under a deal as the city's capture nears, a local official said Sunday, AFP reported.

"A portion of the foreigners have left," said Omar Alloush, a senior member of the Raqa Civil Council, when asked about a deal announced Saturday for IS jihadists to evacuate Raqa.
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