Displaced Syrians In Need Of Aid, Medical Resources

Displaced Syrians In Need Of Aid, Medical Resources

Syrians who fled the embattled city Raqqa say a lack of resources and grueling summer heat are making life increasingly difficult.

At a camp for the displaced in the village of Ain Issa north of the city of Raqqa, Yousef Faddawi who has been at the camp for three months, said medical supplies and food were in short supply.

Another man who just arrived from the city of Deir Al Zor said Islamic State militants were forcing men between ages 15-40 to join their forces, which prompted him and his family to escape the embattled city for the refugee camp.

The Ain Issa camp was established in September of 2016, houses more than 8000 Syrians.

About 10,000 civilians have fled to the SDF-run Ain Issa camp about 60 km (40 miles) north of Raqqa with hundreds more arriving each day, Medecins Sans Frontieres has said.

The SDF launched its U.S.-backed campaign to seize Raqqa in early June. The assault on Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria overlapped with the campaign to drive ISIS from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where ISIS was defeated last month.

The coalition estimates that 3,000-4,000 ISIS fighters are holed up in Raqqa, the administrative headquarters of ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks on civilians across the globe.