Syrian residents flee their homes following clashes between opposition fighters and forces loyal to Assad in Douma, near Damascus.
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At least 18 people have been killed in unprecedented fighting between Kurdish forces and Syrian government troops in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, an anti-regime group said Sunday, as hundreds of civilians fled rebel-held areas near Damascus that had been blockaded for over a year.The clashes broke out after Kurdish fighters detained around 10 regime loyalists they accused of seizing part of a demilitarized zone.Under a deal agreed last year, Kurdish forces control around 30 percent of the city's Kurdish and mixed Kurdish-Arab districts, with regime forces controlling most of the city's majority-Arab neighborhoods. The two sides have fought together to keep ISIS jihadis out of Hassakeh, a provincial capital of some 200,000 people, but Kurdish relations with government forces are complicated.Syrian forces have evacuated nearly 4,000 people from a rebel bastion close to Damascus that has been under government siege for nearly two years, state media said Sunday.
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