As UN envoy visits Damascus, Syrian warplanes hit ISIS-held Raqqa

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U.S.-led coalition's warplanes hit ISIS strongholds in Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

DAMASCUS – Syrian warplanes carried out Thursday several airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, activists reported. 

“Syrian air forces conducted more than ten strikes on different areas in Raqqa province on Thursday,” a media activist told ARA News on the phone. “Dozens were killed and injured, including civilians.”

Raqqa is the self-declared capital of the Islamic State radical group (ISIS) in Syria. 

The city and its countryside are often hit by warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition, targeting ISIS headquarters and fighting positions.

The Syrian air force has rarely launched airstrikes on Raqqa since the ISIS’ control over the province nearly two years ago. 

Thursday’s airstrikes on Raqqa coincided with a visit by the UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to Damascus.

De Mistura held a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, during which the latter emphasized that fighting terrorism has been a priority for the Assad regime.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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