Civilians Flee North Toward Raqqa From Fighting in Deir Ezzor

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 13, 2017
Published: September 13, 2017

Amid increased fighting between Islamic State militants and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), hundreds of civilians left Deir Ezzor on September 13 and headed toward the Ein Issa camp north of Raqqa, in SDF-held territory. In this video, shared by Kurdish news agency Furat FM, one man says he is from al-Mayadeen, a village south of Deir Ezzor on the Euphrates River. A women in the video says they had escaped Islamic State rule. The SDF said hundreds of people left Deir Ezzor to find aid and food at Ein Issa. In a second video, SDF fighters say they had made advances toward Deir Ezzor from the north, but that they had spent more time helping civilians than fighting Islamic State forces. A photo also posted by Furat FM showed men smoking cigarettes and smiling. The UNCHR said that by the end of August more than 7,500 people were living in Ein Issa camp. Credit: YouTube/Furat FM via Storyful

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