The task of keeping people alive long enough for them to reach proper hospitals has become increasingly difficult. AFP / BULENT KILIC
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With the battle drawing closer to the city center, the distance to the nearest medical facilities is lengthening, making it increasingly difficult to keep injured fighters and civilians alive.The military vehicle carrying the wounded Syrian Democratic Forces fighter whipped around a pile of rubble in Raqqa's battered northeast as the man bled heavily from a gunshot wound to his ribs.A team of medics there rushed to stop the bleeding, stitch the wound, and quickly pack the fighter into an ambulance headed north.Hundreds of civilians have been killed and many more wounded since the U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters of the SDF broke into Raqqa city in June.In the early phases of the Raqqa battle in June, the journey from the front lines on the city edge to the Tal Abyad hospital took 90 minutes.War wounded from Raqqa make up the majority of patients in the sparsely equipped Tal Abyad hospital.For the SDF fighter with the rib wounds, the efforts were in vain.
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