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Syria: Rebel infighting displaces THOUSANDS in Damascus suburb01:09

Syria: Rebel infighting displaces THOUSANDS in Damascus suburb

Syrian Arab Republic, Ghouta
January 18, 2015 at 09:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Syrian Army evacuated and gave aid to over 1,000 civilians from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, Sunday, after in-fighting between rebel factions drove the residents from their homes.

The civilians were supplanted by fighting between the anti-government paramilitary group Liwaa al-Umma and al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front, who retain a strong military presence in the Ghouta district. Many of the displaced are purported to be former fighters for the Liwaa al-Umma.

Over 7.6 million were recorded internally displaced in Syria by October 2014, according to the UN, with over 4.6 million in need of humanitarian assistance in besieged areas.

Syria: Rebel infighting displaces THOUSANDS in Damascus suburb01:09
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The Syrian Army evacuated and gave aid to over 1,000 civilians from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, Sunday, after in-fighting between rebel factions drove the residents from their homes.

The civilians were supplanted by fighting between the anti-government paramilitary group Liwaa al-Umma and al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front, who retain a strong military presence in the Ghouta district. Many of the displaced are purported to be former fighters for the Liwaa al-Umma.

Over 7.6 million were recorded internally displaced in Syria by October 2014, according to the UN, with over 4.6 million in need of humanitarian assistance in besieged areas.

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