Smoke rises from a building after it was hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the besieged area of Homs January 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya)
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Clashes pitting rebels against jihadists have killed nearly 700 people over the past nine days in northern Syria, activists said, as an Al-Qaeda-linked group recaptured much of its stronghold in the city of Raqqa.The fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and several Islamist and more moderate Islamic rebel brigades has broken out in cities, towns and villages of at least four opposition-held provinces in the north.Fighting also raged Sunday between Free Syrian Army units around the town of Renayan near Aleppo and in Urum to the east, as the rebel-jihadist clashes left the city vulnerable to advances by Assad's forces, the sources said.Activists with the Violations and Documentation Center, who's own chief, Razan Zeitouneh, has been kidnapped by suspected Islamists rebels, said another mass grave containing 13 people was uncovered in Sheikh Najjar area of Aleppo.
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