Syrian rebel infighting kills at least 630 in east

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Syrian activists say more than 630 people have been killed and at least 130,000 have been displaced in more than a month of rebel infighting in an eastern province near the Iraqi border, AP reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 39 civilians are among the 634 people killed in Deir el-Zour province since April 30.

The fighting is between Islamic rebel battalions and the al-Qaida breakaway group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Observatory said Tuesday the tally includes 354 rebel fighters, including many from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, and 241 gunmen from the Islamic State.

Islamic rebels and more moderate factions have been locked in a brutal fight against the Islamic State across opposition-held northern Syria since early January.

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