BEIRUT - Fighting between al-Qaida's Syria branch and a splinter group in eastern Syria has forced more than 60,000 people to flee their homes, emptied villages and killed scores of fighters, a monitoring group said.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late on Saturday that al-Qaida's Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, had taken over
control of the town of Abreeha from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a former al-Qaida affiliate formally disowned by the group this year.
At least 62 fighters had been killed in around four days of clashes in the area, which have emptied Abreeha and the towns of al-Busayrah and al-Zir, whose populations total over 60,000, the Observatory said. (Reuters)