At least 700 killed in Syria rebel-jihadist battle: NGO

AFP , Sunday 12 Jan 2014

Residents remove debris after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus January 11, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Fierce fighting between jihadists and rival rebel groups in Syria in the past nine days has killed at least 700 and led to the disappearance of hundreds more, an NGO said Sunday.

"From January 3 to 11, the fighting killed 697 people, among them 351 rebel fighters, 246 members of the (jihadist) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and 100 civilians," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding that dozens more deaths have yet to be documented.

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