Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

State news also said three Islamic State militants were stopped by Syrian security forces before they could carry out their attacks.

SANA published images of the aftermath of the attack in Sweida city. The Druze, followers of an esoteric offshoot of Islam, have kept their own local militias.

The death toll in a series of attacks in Sweida province in southwest Syria on Wednesday has climbed to 50, said al-Manar TV, run by Damascus ally Hezbollah.

"Hizbullah denounces this disgusting crime", said the statement, "it comes in the wake of the impressive victories achieved by Syria and its allies recently especially in the Syrian south". "The area surrounding it was targeted by artillery", an Israeli army statement said. "No government troops were in site". Until these attacks, Sweida has been one of the few areas of relative peace during the civil war.

In September 2014, the Israeli army shot down a Syrian military plane over the Golan. In Sweida, these sit on the province's eastern and western fringes, and the group has been making ground in recent days as rebel forces lay down their weapons as part of a surrender deal with the government.

The militants launched their offensive with a spate of suicide bombing attacks in the city of Sweida in the early hours of Wednesday, including one at a busy vegetable market that left a scene of devastation.

The suicide blasts and raids killed 156 people including 62 civilians, the Observatory said.

Syrian government forces on Thursday raised the flag in the buffer zone separating Syrian-held territory from the Israeli-annexed Golan, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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About a dozen people are also believed to have been kidnapped. The breakdown of the fatalities from the attacks was not immediately known.

State television also reported casualties in villages to the north and east, adding that the army was "targeting positions of the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group".

A local health official says the death toll from an Islamic State ambush on a city and villages in a south Syrian province has climbed to 204. It said a total of more than 100 were killed in the blasts and the fighting, including civilians, pro-government fighters and IS militants. The SNN said the militants sneaked into the villages under the cover of darkness, shooting residents as they slept.

Syria's southwestern Quneitra province includes the Golan Heights, most of which is annexed and occupied by Israel.

The SCMM posted photographs from inside the town, where homes have been left badly damaged since wars with Israel decades ago.

ISIS was driven from almost all the territory it once held in Syria previous year in separate offensives by the Russian-backed army and a USA -backed militia alliance.

Despite pro-government forces ousting ISIS from urban centers in eastern Syria past year, surprise raids in recent months have killed dozens of regime and allied fighters.

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