Omar, who lives in a tent on the edge of their camp, still has

Raqqa families make daring escapes from Islamic State stronghold

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) As Shawakh al Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Islamic State Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a Canada Goose online mortar round slammed uk canada goose into the canada goose uk black friday home next door, killing four people and shaking the building.

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria, August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

didn even have time to bury the neighbours bodies, we just left, he said, sitting with canada goose store daughters and grandchildren on dusty ground at a displaced people camp near the town of Tabqa, nearly 50 km (30 miles) west, a day later.

we got to the main road, Canada Goose sale bullets from Islamic State militants started flying by they were trying to stop us leaving. The Syrian Democratic Forces started firing back, so we managed to run to SDF territory, he canada goose black friday sale said.

Many try to camp out near Raqqa before heading reluctantly for camps buy canada goose jacket cheap where the Red Cross describes living canada goose coats on sale conditions Canada Goose Coats On Sale including Canada Goose Jackets lack of clean water and insufficient medical services. cheap canada goose uk The United Nations says at least 200,000 people have fled Raqqa in recent months, and that up to 20,000 civilians remain trapped inside.

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria, August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Another family, squatting in a home in the city western outskirts, described their escape related site canada goose outlet https://www.canadagoosejacketca.ca by boat across the Euphrates River that runs south of the city several weeks ago, after the final assault in a months old offensive to seize canada goose coats Raqqa from canada goose factory sale IS began.

whole neighbourhood decided to flee together, I talking hundreds of canada goose people, Abdul Hassan Ibrahim said in Sbahiya neighbourhood.

got into boats or swam across the river we were 10 in a small boat, and had to cling onto the sides and canada goose uk outlet duck underwater to avoid the bullets being fired by militants, he said.

His canada goose clearance sale 10 year old son imitated the whizzing sound the rounds had made as they shot over the boat.

RAIDS AND DRONE BOMBS Both families were relieved, but their ordeal is not over. Omar, who lives in a tent on the edge of their camp, still has to make a final journey to a relative home outside Tabqa.

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Ibrahim, as Canada Goose Outlet he spoke, canadian goose jacket was asked by SDF fighters to leave their temporary home the third time they had moved since fleeing because of ongoing fighting nearby.

shall we go? I running out of ideas, Ibrahim said, scratching his head Canada Goose Parka as an air strike sent debris flying into the air a buy canada goose jacket short distance away in central Raqqa.

Islamic State fighters have launched attacks even away from frontlines and left many homes booby trapped, said SDF fighters in Sbahiya, Canada Goose Online the area where Ibrahim family was sheltering.

still dangerous here there are snipers and houses are rigged canada goose clearance with explosives, SDF intelligence official Abdullah Matar said. advise families to move cheap Canada Goose on as soon as possible.

local fighters will try to leave among the civilian population. They often hidden weapons in buildings on the uk canada goose outlet edges of the canada goose uk shop city, which they come back for.

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