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A suicide truck bombing by the Al Nusrah Front killed 43 people in Hama and wounded dozens more; although an army checkpoint was targeted, 32 of the dead were civilians. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused the international community of hypocrisy for focusing on chemical weapons while thousands of Syrians are being killed by the ongoing conflict. The chief of the Arab League said peace talks on Syria would begin on Nov. 23 in Geneva, but the UN's envoy for Syria said no date had been set.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, assisted by the Al Nusrah Front and rebel battalions, clashed with Kurdish YPG forces, and bombarded the towns of Kendar and Ando Kawi in Raqqah. Rebels and Islamist forces clashed in Reef Dimashq after an Al Nusrah truck bomb detonated by the Tamiko factory checkpoint, killing at least 16 soldiers. A British surgeon said snipers in Syria targeted specific body areas, including the bellies of pregnant women.
Regime bombardments killed 12 civilians in the Aleppo town of Tel'eren, which was wrested from the control of Liwa' Jabhat al-Akrad rebels by the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in July. Al Nusrah and Ahrar al-Sham clashed with regime forces near Aleppo Central Prison. Al Nusrah executed 10 regime soldiers in Deir Azzour, and rebels took over a literature college near al-Reshdiya. The OPCW has visited 14 of 20 chemical weapons sites, but has been unable to inspect the Safira military complex due to heavy fighting. The Syrian National Council said it would not participate in the Geneva talks unless Assad first steps down. Nine Lebanese pilgrims held by rebels since May 2012 have reportedly been freed. ISIS released a statement about its expulsion of the Northern Storm Brigade from Azaz; a video of a suicide bomber in Iraq; and photos of a child training camp in Ghouta.
A rebel sniper killed senior Syrian general Jama'a Jama'a in a battle in Deir Azzour with fighters that included al Qaeda forces. He was head of military intelligence in Deir Azzour, and had been blacklisted by the US in 2006. A Canadian lawyer who worked for the UN observer force along Syria's Golan Heights border and who was kidnapped in February managed to escape from his rebel captors. The humanitarian evacuation of residents from rebel-held Moadhamiya has been impeded by both rebels and regime forces. Security concerns caused OPCW inspectors to be turned back from one site.
A rebel claiming to speak for some 65 Free Syrian Army units said they were withdrawing from the Syrian National Coalition. Regime gunners attacked rebel and Al Nusrah Front forces clashing with regime troops outside Aleppo Central Prison. Two Al Nusrah suicide bombers detonated inside the gates of the prison, killing at least seven guards as well as themselves. ISIS clashed with a rebel battalion outside Azaz, and detained a rebel leader who controlled the Bustan al-Qasr crossing. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah; 21 ISIS and Nusrah fighters, as well as 12 YPG fighters, were killed. YPG had offered an Eid ceasefire two days ago, saying it would fight only if attacked. Two suicide bombers targeted the Allahu Akbar brigade in Deir Azzour. A minibus hit a mine in Deraa, killing 21 people. The OPCW said it has visited 11 of 20 chemical weapons sites and destroyed equipment at six of them.