Jihadist fighting forces over 100,000 Syrian civilians from their homes
ISIL maintains a strong presence in Syria's Raqa province (File Archive/AFP)
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Over 100,000 civilians were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syria this weekend due to clashes between rival jihadist groups, according to Agence France Presse.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Saturday that the thousands of civilians who were forced to leave were largely from the Deir Ezzor province where Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front is fighting its rival Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
According to the Observatory's figures, more than 230 militants have died in the clashes over the past 10 days alone.
Nusra and ISIL have been fighting in the oil-rich province since the end of April. The two groups, however, started fighting in other parts of Syria since January.
Nusra and other opposition groups have been trying to oust ISIL from Syria and have largely been successful in doing so in Aleppo and Idlib. However, the jihadist group still maintains a strong presence in the Raqa province.
The campaign has pushed ISIL out of much of Aleppo and Idlib provinces, though it has strengthened its presence in the provincial capital of Raqa province.
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