UN official concerned about civilians caught in Syria’s Daesh-held Raqqah

A United Nations (UN) official has expressed concern about the situation of the thousands of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqah, which is held by the Daesh terrorist group and is the target of military offensives by a multitude of forces.

UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said in a statement on Wednesday that he was “deeply disturbed by reports coming out of Raqqah of the horrendous situation faced by civilians caught up in the offensive to retake the city.”

Daesh overran Raqqah in 2013 and later declared it as its so-called “capital.” There are various estimates as to how many civilians are trapped in the city. Dieng said there were up to 25,000.

Since September 2014, a US-led coalition has reportedly been carrying out airstrikes against what it says are Daesh targets in Syria, and that offensive includes a bombardment of Raqqah. In June 2017, a US-backed group of Kurdish and Arab fighters, the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), launched a ground operation to retake the city.

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Source: News Now/Press TV

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.