At least 440,000 civilians need humanitarian support in Raqqa

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Syrian refugees from Raqqa governorate cross the Syria-Turkey border fleeing ISIS in this file photo dated June 22 2015 AFP/Getty Images

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According to the Assessment Capacities Project, in the coming months at least 440,000 people will need humanitarian assistance after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched the campaign to take Raqqa on 6 June.

The Assessment Capacities Project, in the coming months the additional caseload of people that will require humanitarian assistance in Raqqa and surrounding governorates as a result of the SDF campaign is projected to reach 440,000, including 340,000 people newly displaced and 100,000 people estimated in Raqqa city currently.

“The increasing number of people in need will likely put a strain on current capacities,” the ACAP said.

Already in April, Raqqa Civilian Council called on the international community to provide more aid to the people of Raqqa.

“As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to achieve overwhelming victories in Raqqa in their war on Daesh [ISIS] terrorism on behalf of the whole world, a massive refugees’ movements have been witnessed in the few past days,” the council said in a statement.

“The IDPs’ [Internally Displaced Persons] number reaching 100 thousand in the northern countryside of Raqqa, this huge number has put a considerable pressure on the region; as no foodstuff, no water to drink and no proper accommodation is available for the displaced civilians,” it said.

The Raqqa Council accused international organizations of not doing enough to help the IDPs from Raqqa.

According to a UNHCR flash update published last Thursday at least 15,000 individuals were displaced during the last 10 days after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an operation to take Raqqa.

“More than half are estimated to have already returned while the rest are waiting for the situation to improve. Some 8,700 IDPs arrived in Ain Issa cotton factory camp (Ar-Raqqa Governorate) in the past week while an estimated 9,100 left the camp during the same period,” the UNHCR said.

“The camp currently accommodates an estimated 5,300 individuals. In Mabrouka camp (Al-Hassakeh Governorate), an estimated 600 individuals arrived during the past week and an estimated 500 Individuals departed the camp during the same period. There are an estimated 1,700 individuals in the camp,” it said.

U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke told Reuters that, for its planning purposes, the United Nations estimates there are approximately 160,000 people left in Raqqa city, but said this was not a formal estimate.

Humanitarian aid organization International Rescue Committee said 200,000 people were still trapped inside, and warned civilians in Raqqa risk being killed by Islamic State snipers or mines if they try to flee but could be used by the militants as human shields if they remain.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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