Middle East

Syria conflict: Raqqa water supply restored after air strike

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters carry their weapons as they walk near the town of Tel al-Saman in the northern rural area of Raqqa, Syria Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Syria Democratic Forces fighters patrol in northern rural area of Raqqa

The water supply to the Syrian city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) group, has been reconnected after US airstrikes caused a temporary cut.

The main pipeline was damaged when a bridge was hit, according to IS and anti-IS activists.

Citizen journalist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently confirmed, on Friday, that IS has mended the pipe.

Syrian rebels backed by the US-led coalition are trying to capture Raqqa.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said the strikes had targeted local infrastructure.

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Image caption The damage shown to one of Raqqa's bridge after an air strike

The US is working with the Kurdish-led rebel group Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to try to defeat IS.

In November, the coalition said it had begun an operation to capture Raqqa, which has been held by the jihadist group since January 2014.

The US announced, in December, that it was sending 200 more military personnel for the operation.

A Kurdish official told Reuters news agency this week that the aim of the campaign was to seal off all roads to the city, including links with Deir al-Zour province, another IS stronghold.

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Map of Iraq and Syria showing the territory controlled by IS in June 2017

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Map of Iraq and Syria showing the territory controlled by IS in January 2016

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