The United Nations estimated Thursday that 20,000 to 50,000 civilians remained trapped in the Raqqa, the site of heavy fighting as U.S.-backed SDF forces seek to defeat ISIS terrorists in their self-declared capital.
U.N. deputy humanitarian chief Ursula Mueller told the Security Council, “Their situation is perilous. There is no way for them to get out.”
Mueller said the heavy fighting and airstrikes had killed or injured dozens of civilians and had displaced more than 30,000 people in July.
“Civilian movement out of the city remains extremely difficult due to the presence of mines and other unexploded ordnance, as well as shelling, sniper activities and airstrikes,” Mueller said during a video briefing from Amman, Jordan.