Militant infighting in Syria kills 50
Dozens of people have been killed and several others severely injured in violent clashes between rival militant groups in Syria.
On Friday, al-Nusra militants killed at least 50 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the eastern Deir al Zour Province near the border with Iraq.
Reports say the al-Nusra Front has taken control of the Shoula district and is advancing in other areas of the province. The surge in infighting highlights the divisions between militants fighting the Syrian government.
Rival militant groups have been lately engaged in fierce fighting.
The infighting has escalated in the past months, amid gains by the Syrian army across the country. In recent months, the Syrian army has managed to liberate a number of cities and towns from militant control.
Clashes between the militant groups still continue despite a recent order by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to stop the infighting.
Months of violent conflicts among different armed groups have killed thousands of Takfiri militants in Syria.
Also on Friday, foreign-backed militants reportedly shelled an election rally in southern Syria, killing at least 22 people.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in London and opposes the Syrian government, said the attack hit a tent where supporters of President Bashar al-Assad had gathered in the city of Dara’a.
According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.