About 4,000 civilians remain in IS-held Syrian city of Raqqa

The battle for the city is in its final stages.

11 October 2017 | 13:03

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 11 October 2017 | 13:03

A photo of a U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, looking through a hole on the front line of the industrial district on the eastern side of Raqqa city, northeast Syria, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: An estimated 4,000 civilians are still trapped in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists' de facto capital, and that coalition allies are working out ways to evacuate them, according to a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group. 

Col. Ryan Dillon said on Wednesday  the Raqqa Civil Council, a local administration of Arab and Kurdish officials, is leading the discussions. It's not clear with whom the council is speaking inside Raqqa.

The coalition wouldn't accept a negotiated surrender of up to 400 militants believed holed up in the last part of the city that remains in IS hands, according to Dillon. 

Up to 15 militants have surrendered in the past three weeks in Raqqa, according to Dillon.

The battle for the city is in its final stages.

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