The United States, along with several Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar, started airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria early Tuesday.
The strikes are focused on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, a city in northern Syria, but other cities with the terrorist organization’s presence, including DeirEzzor, Al Hasakah and Abu Kamal, were also targeted.
There have been reports of successful attacks on ISIS targets, including training compounds, headquarters, storage facilities, supply trucks, armed vehicles, etc.
However, while the terrorist bases are targeted, people living in these cities also face a new, terrifying reality.
Abdulkader Hariri, a resident of Raqqahas, been tweeting from the ground as the strikes take place, giving the world an insight of what the Syrian people are experiencing.
Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might be the beginning of US airstrikes on ISIS HQs in Raqqa— Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) September 23, 2014
The airstrikes 5/6 concentrated near the 'governorate building' ISIS's main HQ. Meanwhile, sounds of warplanes can be heard clearly— Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) September 23, 2014
Reports of similar airstrikes on Tabga town and brigade 93 in EinEssa.— Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) September 23, 2014
The sky is full drones over Raqqa now— Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) September 23, 2014
There are others as well, who though not on the ground, are sharing information and photos outlining the situation on ground:
The airstrikes against the ISIS targets may be killing terrorists but innocent people are also paying the price.
Abu Maya Al-Raqawi, 40, a media worker from Raqqa, told a newspaper, "Some people are already fleeing the city as they know that civilians are going to be the real victims for these air strikes. Raqqa will be completely destroyed. We all know that ISIS are spreading themselves among civilians and they occupy the FSA and old regime headquarters, which are in civilian areas. People in Raqqa have to deal with two evils, Isis or Assad. Which one is better? I don't know the answer."