Syria rebels urge truce between al-Qaeda, rival brigade
Six of Syria's main rebel factions have called for a ceasefire between an al-Qaeda-linked-group and a rival rebel brigade near the Turkish border, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday.
A statement signed by leaders of six Islamist groups called on the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) to "immediately withdraw their forces and materiel" from positions they seized from the rival Northern Storm Battalion, dpa reported.
"We call on the brothers in both groups to immediately bring (their issues) before the joint sharia court of the Islamic groups," the statement continued.
ISIL, which was founded in April by Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, recently drove the Northern Storm Brigade out of the town of Azaz near the Turkish border.
The groups signing the statement include six of the 13 Islamist groups that recently rejected the leadership of the opposition National Coalition, calling for the opposition to "unite within a clear Islamic framework."
In neighboring Lebanon, shells fired from the Syrian side of the border late Wednesday hit homes in several towns in the northern Akkar region, forcing residents to flee, the official National News Agency reported.