Syrian Arab Republic: Ar-Raqqa Situation Report No. 2 (as of 6 March 2017)



  • Up to 42,000 people have been displaced as a result of the three phases of the Euphrates Wrath Operation. Most displacements remain temporary to nearby communities with the intention to return once the security situation has improved. New displacement is expected as military operations continue.

  • Reports of Ar-Raqqa city being increasingly isolated, with the Raqqa– Deir-ez-Zor road cut as a result of SDF ground advances. US Led Coalition airstrikes further limit civilian movement.

Up to 42,000 people displaced, most of them temporarily. New displacement is expected as military operations continue.

14,300 people across Ar-Raqqa governorate currently without access to water due to power cuts and power outages

24,854 internally displaced persons from Ar-Raqqa supported with food assistance

Situational Overview

On 4 February 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation aiming at cutting communications between Ar-Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zor and further advance towards Ar- Raqqa. By the end of February, the SDF had gained control of most of the villages and towns north of Raqqa. By 6 March, they succeeded in cutting the road between Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zor province, both under ISIL control, meaning that all land routes out of Raqqa are now cut off. The only remaining access route is south across the Euphrates River.

Civilian infrastructure has been impacted by airstrikes in various locations west and north of Ar-Raqqa. On 3 February, the new Raqqa Bridge and the old Raqqa Bridge in Raqqa city and the two bridges of Al-Kalta and Al-Abbara villages were disabled by air strikes; snce then, civilian and commercial traffic in the area has halted. The two bridges were the only link between the northern part of Ar-Raqqa (home to an estimated 150,000 people) and the southern part (home to an estimated 50,000 people). Both bridges had water pipes attached to them that were damaged following the aerial bombardment. After a two-day break in water supply, the supply lines have been fixed, however, both bridges can no longer be used for the transport of cars or civilians.

Furthermore, on 18 February, the Al-Jazira region became isolated as a result of an air strike on the previously damaged Al-Meghle Bridge, west of Maadan village, some 60 km east of Ar-Raqqa city.


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