Raqqa city is facing its most difficult days since hundreds and hundreds of years, people are waiting to know what will happen and how?
You may walk around the city day or night and will not see any one but you, streets used to be very crowded but today they are all empty because people fled the city due to the threats coming from the attacking troops in the north.
In the East, nobody can cross Mishlab village because the snipers of the attaching troops are shooting anything moves. In the North also, you cannot cross the silos bridge. In the west as well, no one can cross Hawi Alhawa and come cross to Salhabieh which SDF are trying to “liberate”.
In the South it is quite different, if you cross the river, either swimming or through the destroyed bridge, you will be in the (Islamic lands) but you should be careful because the international coalition warplanes are targeting anything.
Getting out of Raqqa is becoming harder day by day, people who are still in Raqqa have no choice but to stay. They prefer dying in their houses rather than fleeing their city and living in SDF’s concentration camps, not to mention their concerns about being arrested by the attacking troops which consider all civilians as ISIS supporters.
Who stayed in Raqqa are its own people along with couple of hundreds of ISIS fighters, the rest of the fighters have left the city with their families. On the other side, SDF are mobilizing lots and lots of weapons that are enough to destroy all the city and kill all thousands of its people along with a few hundreds of ISIS fighters.
SDF and the US know that ISIS fighters are driving them to have street battles inside the city because this is much easier for them because the international coalition will have only one choice which is destroying the whole city.
Battles in Raqqa will only be in the residential neighborhoods because ISIS prefer this so they can hide from warplanes and take civilians as shields. People of Raqqa are waiting for June to come, waiting for the holocaust that will burn their entire city.