“伊斯兰国”将撤离其事实上的首都拉卡

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年10月15日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

美国支持的叙利亚民兵在拉卡附近对“伊斯兰国”的部队开火(资料图)
美国支持的叙利亚民兵在拉卡附近对“伊斯兰国”的部队开火(资料图)

叙利亚民兵的发言人星期六表示,预计极端组织“伊斯兰国”的部队将根据协议撤离拉卡市,他们正处于美国支持的叙利亚民兵包围之中。

发言人说,预期圣战者在星期六到星期天之间的夜晚放弃拉卡。他说,任何留下来的“伊斯兰国”武装分子都会被迫“投降或死亡”。

周五,随着人们预计美国支持的武装将开始最后进攻,从伊斯兰国激进分子手中收复拉卡,数百平民逃离了这座城市。

数百平民几天来纷纷逃离拉卡城内仍被伊斯兰国组织控制的地区。他们抓紧利用战斗减缓的时机。攻打伊斯兰国的联军有意减缓了攻击,以便帮助平民安全撤离。

当地居民说,伊斯兰国的武装人员最近数周来陆续投降,但是伊斯兰国组织仍然控制着拉卡城内几个地区,包括体育场和一所国家医院。

很多逃离拉卡的居民因为战斗而被困在城内数月,营养不良。

美国支持的反阿萨德政府的叙利亚民主联军6月5号以来一直在进攻拉卡,已经控制这所城市的80%。

联军官员说,伊斯兰国武装仍然把平民用作人肉盾牌。

坐落在幼发拉底河畔的拉卡是伊斯兰国组织事实上的首都。

活动人士说,自从6月对拉卡的进攻开始以来,拉卡城内有1000多名平民丧生。今年4月以来,将近27万人逃离了拉卡。

IS Fighters Expected to Evacuate Raqqa

A spokesman for Syrian militias said Saturday that Islamic State fighters were expected to evacuate the city of Raqqa in an agreement with the U.S.-backed Syrian militias surrounding them.

The spokesman said the jihadists were expected to let go of the city overnight, from Saturday into Sunday. Any Islamic State fighters left behind, he said, would be forced to "surrender or die."

On Friday, scores of civilians fled Raqqa ahead of an anticipated final push into the city by U.S.-backed fighters aiming to retake it from IS militants.

Hundreds of civilians streamed out of Raqqa in recent days from the remaining IS-held neighborhoods. They took advantage of a slowdown in the fighting by coalition troops meant to help civilians safely evacuate from the IS fighters' de facto capital.

Residents said local IS fighters had been surrendering in recent weeks, but that the militants still held a few areas of the city, including the stadium and national hospital.

Many of the residents who escaped the city were malnourished after having been trapped by the fighting for several months.

"Those who manage to escape speak of deteriorating conditions inside the city," U.N. refugee spokesman Andrej Mahecic said. "Food, water, medicine and electricity are scarce."

U.S.-backed fighters of the opposition Syrian Democratic Forces have been on the offensive in Raqqa since June 5 and have so far captured more than 80 percent of the city.

Coalition officials said IS militants were still holding some civilians captive to use as human shields.

Activists say more than 1,000 civilians have been killed in Raqqa since the battle to retake the city began in June. Nearly 270,000 people have fled Raqqa since April.