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500 reported killed in rebel infighting in Syria
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Hasan, the activist in Maskaneh, said people there did not dare leave their homes, fearing intimidation and arrest by the al-Qaida militants patrolling the streets.

Attendance at Friday prayers was markedly lower than usual as well, because people were afraid that extremists would send car bombs, a tactic they have recently started using against other rebels, Abdellatif said.

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The principles of the revolutions have all gone, Hasan said.

"It was about freedom and dignity. Now it’s a sectarian war and just people killing each other," he said.

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