The Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant executed at least 60 members of rival Islamist groups amid ongoing strife among the rebels battling the Assad regime in central and northern Syria, activists said Monday

At least 14 captured insurgents died Monday at the hands of ISIL fighters in an area near the town of Sujna in the central province of Homs, the Syrian Human Rights Observatory said.

Meanwhile, in the northern province of Al Raqa, at least 46 militants were executed by the ISIL on Sunday.

The rebels were killed as they were heading from Al Raqa to the neighboring province of Al Hasaka.

This information, which was provided to the London-based Observatory by sources inside Syria, has not been able to be verified independently because of the restrictions imposed by President Bashar Assad's regime and the insurgents on journalists working in the area.

Clashes between extremists and members of other opposition factions broke out 10 days ago in northern Syria and have taken more than 700 lives.

More than 120,000 people have died in Syria since March 2011, when Assad's brutal repression of pro-democracy protests ignited an armed conflict. EFE