DW: Raqqa residents evacuate as 'IS'-controlled dam risks collapse
Fighters with the 'Islamic State' (IS) group have reportedly ordered Raqqa residents to evacuate the city following reports that a Euphrates River dam could collapse. The group alleges that US air strikes had damaged it.
Fierce fighting between so-called "Islamic State" (IS) jihadists and the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the Tabqa Dam has put it out of service. A technical source from Syria told the AFP news agency that water levels in the reservoir were rising, which could inundate the surrounding area.
The dam is located some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Raqqa. Three years ago, IS militants captured the city, which now serves as the Islamist group's "caliphate."
"Shelling on the area… that supplies that damn with electricity has put it out of service," a source at the dam told AFP. "The work needed to fix the problem is not possible because there is not sufficient staff available as a result of the intensive shelling in the area of the dam."
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More News On Reports That The Syrian Tabqa Dam Near Raqqa Is At Risk Of Collapse
IS conflict: Raqqa warning over 'risk to Tabqa dam' -- BBC
Isis tells Raqqa residents to evacuate over fears nearby dam will collapse -- The Guardian
Raqqa: Warning over dam safety sparks evacuation confusion -- SKY News
Islamic State Dam Warning Sparks Chaos -- WSJ
ISIL warns Syrian dam at risk, calls for evacuation of Raqqa residents -- The National
Syria's Biggest Dam Partially Collapses Due to SDF-Daesh Fight Near Raqqa -- Sputnik
Fighting puts Syria IS-held dam at 'risk of collapse' -- New Arab
How Tabqa Dam collapse could snatch ISIS's defeat from jaws of victory -- Paul Iddon, RUDAW