Tens of thousands of Syrians fled inter-jihadist fighting in the east as rebels Saturday neared a final deal with the government to withdraw from their last besieged strongholds in battered Homs.
Some 60,000 Syrians have fled since Wednesday from three towns to escape fighting between the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The vast majority of some 1,500 people still trapped in the Old City are fighters, but the rebel-held Waer neighbourhood is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians, many of them displaced from fallen rebel bastions.
The impending defeat in Homs came as fighting flared between the two jihadist groups in the eastern Deir al-Zor province, following months of battles pitting Islamist and moderate rebels against ISIS, which is accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing opponents.
More than 150,000 people have been killed since Syria’s uprising began and nearly half the population have fled their homes
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