In Syria, the United Nations warned Thursday of a mass exodus of civilians from the city of Raqqa, as a U.S.-supported offensive against ISIS intensifies. A senior U.N. official said fighting has displaced nearly a quarter-million people in the region, most of them fleeing in the last few weeks. Those arriving in camps for the displaced described desperate conditions.
Abo Nasha’at: “I am from Mansoura, west of Raqqa. The shelling didn’t stop, and ISIS wouldn’t let us leave. There was no food, no bread, no drinking water—absolutely nothing.”
The journalistic monitoring group Airwars reported U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in recent days killed at least six civilians in Raqqa and 11 civilians in al-Zaynat village, while at least four civilians died in airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor, with another 30 injured.