Nearly 1,400 dead since Syria rebel-jihadist clashes began

Rebel fighters take position during what they said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the village of Azizeh in Aleppo January 22, 2014. (Reuters)

Nearly 1,400 people have been killed in Syria since clashes between rebel forces and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) erupted this month, a monitor said 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 said the figure included 760 moderate and Islamist rebels, 426 ISIS fighters, 190 civilians and 19 others whose identities have not been established.

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

While opposition fighters initially welcomed foreign jihadists to the battle, ISIS has been accused of a string of abuses against civilians and rival rebel groups.

Among the abuses that sparked the fierce clashes was the kidnap, torture and execution by the group of a doctor from a powerful Islamist rebel brigade.

The all-out fight has seen ISIS lose territory in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, but it has consolidated its hold over Raqa city, the only provincial capital to fall from regime control.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42