#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Raqqa August 4, 2017

Since April, more than 200,000 civilians have fled from Raqqa, Syria to avoid the violence. But according to the UN, “an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people remain inside Raqqa city, which is now encircled, and their situation is perilous - there is no way for them to get out.” In late June, ICRC’s Regional Director for the Near and Middle East Robert Mardini put out a statement. In it, he appealed to all sides of the conflict to protect civilians and respect the rules of war, saying “if not, a new generation will grow up in a conflict incubator and the vicious cycle of violence will continue.”

In this week’s roundup, we take a look the battle for Raqqa, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

 UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria’s Raqqa since April (Al Arabiya)

Over 200,000 civilians have fled their homes in Syria around the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa since April 1, including over 30,000 displaced just this month as US-backed Syrian fighters try to oust the extremists, a senior UN humanitarian official said Thursday.

Battle to take back city of Raqqa, the last ISIS stronghold in Syria (ABC News Video)

ABC News' Ian Pannell reports from Iraq on the fight for Raqqa, the capital of ISIS, and the impact the battle's outcome may have on Syria as well as Europe and the U.S.

 What will happen to Raqqa after ISIL? (Al Jazeera)

Mariya Petkova writes with thousands displaced, its infrastructure destroyed, and multiple forces seeking power in governance, Raqqa's post-ISIL future will be uncertain.

Battle for Raqqa (Reuters)

Photographer Rodi Said captures the fight for Raqqa in images, as the Syrian Democratic Force goes against Islamic State for control of the city.

US-backed forces have retaken half of Raqqa from ISIS — Here's what the fighting on the ground looks like (Business Insider)

Daniel Brown shows the fighting in Raqqa through powerful insider images.

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