Syria militants’ infighting kills 3,300 since January: NGO

Syria militants’ infighting kills 3,300 since January: NGO
Wed Feb 26, 2014 22:00:25

Some 3,300 people have been killed in fighting between rebels seeking President Bashar al-Assad's ouster and their erstwhile militant allies since clashes erupted in January, a monitoring group says.

"Some 3,300 people have been killed ever since the start of fighting on January 3 between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on one side, and Islamists and other groups on the other," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday.

The deaths came "in car and (other) bomb attacks, suicide blasts and fighting," said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on activists and other sources inside Syria.

While rebels initially welcomed ISIL's militants in their battle to overthrow Assad, much of the opposition later turned against the group, accusing it of hijacking the rebellion and carrying out a string of kidnappings and killings of activists and rival rebels.

Among the fatalities were at least 281 civilians, the majority of them killed by shelling and stray bullets, the Observatory said.

Twenty-one civilians were executed in a children's hospital-turned-ISIL prison in the northern city of Aleppo, it said, adding that a family of seven Kurds was also executed by the militants.


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