File - A general view shows damaged buildings and debris in Deir al-Zor, June 13, 2013.Picture taken June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Militants from ISIS killed at least 15 people in Deir al-Zor province as part of a recent uptick in violence between locals and the al-Qaeda splinter group, an anti-regime monitoring group said Monday.The clashes, including ISIS' shelling of three villages where the Sheaitat tribe is dominant, killed 13 civilians and tribal fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based group.The Observatory said tribal fighters withdrew from two villages, al-Jurdi al-Sharqieh and al-Jurdi al-Gharbieh, after two of them were killed battling ISIS militants.A number of attacks on ISIS militants have taken place in recent weeks in eastern Deir al-Zor province, in a string of villages and towns lying on the Euphrates River.ISIS Monday arrested a number of people in connection with the demonstration, the Observatory said.
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