Men remove rubble and work at Raqqa's water plant, after what locals said an air raid by Syrian government forces which targeted it and resulting in a water cutoff for all residents August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Government forces struck ISIS positions in and around the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said Monday, part of a growing campaign against hard-line militants – but one attack destroyed the city's water plant, cutting supplies to homes and businesses.Residents said there had been some 16 air raids on Raqqa and in nearby areas, including close to the Tabqa military base to the west of the city, a government-controlled airport that is surrounded by militants.A stepped-up campaign of airstrikes on Raqqa province Sunday killed 31 ISIS fighters and eight civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based, anti-regime monitoring group.The Observatory said government forces and ISIS fighters clashed in two villages in Raqqa province Monday, al-Ajil and al-Khazaneh near the Tabqa airport.The strikes wounded dozens of people, the Observatory said, and left at least 10 people in critical condition. Other airstrikes pounded the city of al-Bab, killing three ISIS militants and a number of civilians, the Observatory said.
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