By Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-west Syria on Saturday in the heaviest clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in nearly three years of conflict, activists said. Activists said dozens of fighters were killed in the clashes between rival rebel groups which have raged since Friday in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, close to the border with Turkey. The president, backed by Shi'ite fighters from Iraq and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, has pushed back rebels around Damascus and in central Syria, and faces little pressure to make concessions. One group of fighters battling ISIL was the newly formed Mujahideen Army, an alliance of eight brigades who accused the al Qaeda affiliate of hijacking their struggle to topple Assad.
Israel’s 53,000-strong community of African asylum seekers will hold a general labor strike Sunday in protest of the government’s policy. ‘People are desperate and scared, we are barred from renewing visas and then arrested for not having a visa’
After releasing three rounds of Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace talks, fourth and final round contains eight Israeli-Arabs convicted of murderous acts of terror. But Netanyahu’s office refuses to confirm or deny reports of their release. Read full list:
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to fly to Jordan and Saudi Arabia Sunday seeking backing for his plans for Middle East peace, after insisting he has made progress. After a second meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank, Kerry swept back to Jerusalem for his third discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three days. Speaking to reporters in Abbas’s Ramallah headquarters, Kerry announced he would also travel to Jordan, which borders the West Bank, and to Saudi Arabia on Sunday for talks with the kings of both nations. Jordan is only one of two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, and King Abdullah II holds a special position because the 1994 accord recognises his country’s “historic” role in caring for Muslim holy sites in east Jerusalem.
Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group takes responsibility for Beirut attack against Hezbollah while its operatives are slaughtered in Syria by opposing rebels.
After Saturday meeting with Abbas, US Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians have made progress towards a framework peace agreement, but are not there just yet.
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