Rebel fighters stand guard at a former base used by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after they captured it from the ISIL in al-Dana town in Idlib province January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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Fierce fighting between jihadists and rival rebel groups in Syria has killed at least 700 in more than a week while hundreds more are missing, a monitoring group said Sunday.In a reflection of the brutality of the fighting, which has raged mainly in the northern provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Raqa but has also hit Hama and Homs in the centre, at least 200 people were killed in one 48-hour period.On Sunday the ISIL branch in Raqa alleged the fighting that erupted nine days ago was linked to the January 22 peace conference known as "Geneva 2".Fighting between ISIL and other rebels raged Sunday in parts of Raqa after jihadists seized much of the city, which is the only provincial capital not in regime hands.On Saturday loyalist troops seized the rebel town of Naqarin north of Aleppo and pushed toward the industrial part of Syria's second city, activists reported.
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