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Clashes erupt in Syria after shots fired at crowd

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 - 01:33

Jan. 4 - Amateur video shows clashes after shots are fired into a crowd of civilians marking death of prominent Syrian rebel commander. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Syrian rebel factions clash with fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in a town in Idlib province. The clashes came after shots were fired into a crowd commemorating the death of a prominent rebel leader held by the powerful al Qaeda-linked group. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters, shows people running for their life as gunfire rings through the street. Several demonstrations were held in Idlib and Aleppo provinces to mark the death of a prominent Syrian doctor and rebel commander, Hussein Suleiman. Suleiman's body was handed over earlier this week as part of a prisoner swap between the rival rebel forces. Video of his corpse showed signs of beating and one ear was cut off. More footage from Friday appears to show a gas pipeline in flames. Syria's State news agency says the attack on the pipeline caused a massive fire which led to electrical outages across southern Syria. Efforts to end the almost three-year-old conflict hit another snag Saturday -- an influential Western-backed opposition group shunned talks aimed at ending the war.

Clashes erupt in Syria after shots fired at crowd

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 - 01:33

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