As ISIS is weakening in Raqqa, dozens of ISIS leaders, their families and foreign militants fled the city to other areas controlled by the organization. According to the Syrian Human Rights Watch, a military operation carried out by the Syrian Democratic forces managed to besiege the city.
In the past 24 hours alone, some 80 leaders and foreign militants have left the city with their families.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the fugitives used boats to cross the Euphrates to reach the southern bank of the river, and then headed towards the southern countryside of the city of Raqqa.
More than two weeks ago, about 300 ISIS families and some Syrian families left the city of Raqqa towards other areas controlled by ISIS, such as al-Mayadin.
The Observatory monitored the escape of these families through boats and ferries from Raqqa to the southern bank of the Euphrates River.
They then headed to two different directions, where some of them fled to the province of Deir al-Zor, the other moved to the eastern countryside of Hama.