This photo provided by the Syrian civil defense group known as the White Helmets, shows civil defense workers extinguishing a burning car after an explosion, in Idlib, Syria, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
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Clashes in Syria's Idlib province between a powerful extremist group and a key rebel faction intensified overnight, spreading to a border crossing with Turkey, a monitor and AFP correspondent said Friday.The running battles between the extremist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group have so far killed at least 65 people, including 15 civilians. The clashes erupted earlier this week, and quickly spread through the province, which is one of the last remaining bastions of opposition-held territory. The clashes have been accompanied by sporadic demonstrations against HTS in several parts of the province, including in the town of Sarmada where the extremists on Wednesday and Thursday opened fire on protests against them.
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