Damascus, July 17 (IANS) US-backed Syrian forces on Monday said they seized control of a neighbourhood in Raqqa city, the Islamic State (IS) terror group’s main stronghold in the war-torn country.Also Read - This Cafe in Syria's Damascus is Run by 20 Adults With Down Syndrome | See Pics

Shervan Derwish, a spokesman from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told Efe news agency that his forces captured al-Yarmouk neighbourhood, located near the Euphrates river. Also Read - French Teacher Beheading: Samuel Paty's Killer Was in 'Contact' With Jihadist in Syria

After securing the roads in southern Raqqa and the surrounding city, the SDF advanced and liberated al-Yarmouk on Sunday, according to Derwish. Also Read - Heartbreaking! Syrian Man Makes Up 'Laughing Game' to Distract Daughter from Sounds of Bombs | Watch

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF dominated only the western sector of al-Yarmouk, while fighting between both sides continued in al-Raqqa’s Old City.

The Britain-based monitoring group added at least three persons, including two women, were killed on Monday in the US-led international coalition bombings.

Since June 6, the SDF has been fighting the IS in Raqqa. The extremists proclaimed a caliphate in 2014 affecting large areas of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.