40 KILLED, 70 HURT IN CLASHES NEAR DAMASCUS
Fierce clashes between jihadists and Islamist rebels near Damascus left at least 40 dead and 70 wounded on Friday, a monitoring group said.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said the clashes pitted the Saudi-backed rebel faction Jaish al-islam (Army of Islam) against Fateh al-sham, Al-qaeda’s former branch in Syria, and Faylaq al-rahman, which is backed by Qatar and Turkey.
“There were at least 15 dead among the ranks of Jaish al-islam and 23 among its adversaries” as well as two civilians, the Britainbased Observatory said. Another 70 were wounded. Jaish al-islam said its opponents had provoked the clashes by harassing reinforcements headed for Qabun, east of Damascus a front with