Tabqah battle: 160 civilians rescued from Islamic State

Civilians rescued from the Islamic State group in Tabqah.

Clashes between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State (IS) group continue in the small city of Tabqah in northern Syria.

According to reports from local sources the heavy clashes are ongoing on the southern, eastern and western fronts with at least 160 civilians being rescued from villages outlying the city centre.

The civilians have been transferred to a camp on the western outskirts of the city operated by Doctors Without Borders.

The Hawar (ANHA) news agency has reported that clashes, which began on Tuesday, have resulted in the death of at leat 15 IS militants and destruction of two car bombs (VBIED) on the southern and western fronts.

The jihadist group on Wednesday launched offensives on villages it had lost the day before but the attack was pushed back at around 10:00 local time.

Clashes are ongoing in the area between Ayid Kebira and Ayid Saxira villages according to ANHA.

The operation to capture the Tabqah Airport, Dam and city was initiated on 21 March ahead of the military offensive on Raqqa, the jihadist group’s last stronghold in Syria.

Meanwhile the SDF has also taken over the strategically important Raqqa-Damascus intersection which is on the highway that cuts through Tabqah towards Raqqa.