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1,400 dead since Syria rebel-jihadist clashes began

Published on Jan 24, 2014 5:56 AM
 
Mourners carry the coffin of a fighter from the Iraqi Shi'ite the Badr Organization, who was killed in clashes with the Free Syrian Army, during a funeral in Najaf, 160 km (99 miles) south of Baghdad, on Jan 23, 2014. Nearly 1,400 people have been killed in Syria since clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) erupted this month, a monitor said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - Nearly 1,400 people have been killed in Syria since clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) erupted this month, a monitor said on Thursday.

"The number of people killed in fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamist and rebel forces since January 3 has risen to 1,395," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory, a Britain-based group that relies on activists and other sources on the ground, said the figure included 760 moderate and Islamist rebels, 426 ISIL fighters, 190 civilians and 19 others whose identities have not been established.

Clashes between rebels and jihadists from ISIL erupted early in January after months of rising tensions.

 
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