- Title: U.S officials promise aid for Raqqa civilians
- Date: 18th July 2017
- Summary: AIN ISSA, NORTH OF RAQQA, SYRIA (JULY 18, 2017) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF THE CIVIL COUNCIL OF RAQQA HEADQUARTERS SIGN THAT READS (Arabic and English): 'CIVIL COUNCIL OF RAQQA' / FIGHTER SEEN ON THE ROOF PEOPLE WALKING INTO THE BUILDING MEMBERS OF THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DELEGATION GREETED AT THE ENTRANCE VARIOUS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. DELEGATION IN THE MEETING ROOM RAQQA COUNCIL MEMBER, OMAR ALLOUSH, EXITING MEETING ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RAQQA COUNCIL MEMBER, OMAR ALLOUSH, SAYING: "This visit to the Raqqa council reflects the U.S State Department and U.S Administration's recognition that the council represents the people of Raqqa, and that [the council] will be able to run the affairs of the city after liberation." VARIOUS OF US AID REPRESENTATIVE, ALAN DWYER, SPEAKING TO OTHERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) US AID REPRESENTATIVE, ALAN DWYER, SAYING: "The goal is to make sure that every person who has been displaced, who does not have a home, does have food, water and shelter. So we're finding assistance specifically for displaced people." MEMBERS OF BOTH DELEGATIONS SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) RAQQA COUNCIL MEMBER, MINAN SIDO, SAYING: "The city of Raqqa is slowly getting closer to total liberation from Daesh. A few days and the city of Raqqa will be free. We discussed with the delegation the projects undertaken by the Raqqa Civil Council now and after liberation." EXTERIOR OF THE COUNCIL HEADQUARTERS VARIOUS OF TRUCKS CARRYING MILITARY VEHICLES AND OTHER ITEMS DRIVING DOWN A STREET
- Embargoed: 1st August 2017 22:35
- Keywords: Syria conflict Raqqa Civil Council of Raqqa Ain Issa U.S State Department
- Location: AIN ISSA, NORTH OF RAQQA, SYRIA
- City: AIN ISSA, NORTH OF RAQQA, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016Q8WVNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A delegation from the U.S State department visited the Raqqa Civil Council on Tuesday (July 18) in the town of Ain Issa, located around 45 km (30 miles) north of Raqqa.
The delegation, which included aid workers, met the members of the council and discussed the humanitarian situation in the city and its neighbouring provinces, promising more cooperation in terms of aid and relief.
Scores of civilians are fleeing Syria's Raqqa traumatized, with families torn apart and conditions worsening as the battle to oust Islamic State intensifies, a senior U.N. official said last week.
Under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias is fighting to seize Islamic State's base in Syria.
With air strikes and Special Forces from the U.S.-led coalition, the SDF pushed into Raqqa in June after advancing on the city for months.
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