Scores dead in southern Syria as ISIS unleashes devastating attacks

Mourners carry a coffin of one of the victims of Wednesday's attack in

The militants attempted to lure the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) into striking Syrian government troops, but Israel did not fall for it.

Remains of a suicide bomb are seen in Sweida, Syria July 25, 2018.

But this month it became a new front for advancing Syrian forces after they re-established their authority over most of neighbouring Daraa province.

Jihadist fighters stormed several villages and staged suicide blasts in the provincial capital Sweida, near one of the few remote pockets still held by Islamic State after it was driven from most of its territory a year ago.

Pro-government fighters and civilians were among the dead.

An activist-operated Facebook page called Sweida News Network said numerous killed were shot in the head.

"They kidnapped more than 40 people, all of them women or children", Bou Ammar said.

Islamic State gunmen on foot then fired on local government and rebel militiamen, as well as bystanders, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. It said another 45 IS militants were killed in the clashes. However, Israel said it will continue to escalate attacks along its frontier and elsewhere in Syria where it suspects Iranian-backed forces are stationed. The group also has a small presence on the eastern edge of Sweida province.

In the south the regime of President Bashar Al Assad has in recent weeks ousted rebels from most of the area, part of which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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While the Syrian army managed to prevent another attack two suicide bombers belonging to the group "Islamic state".

Syrian state media say dozens of people have been killed in a suicide attack in the country's south, blaming the bombing on Islamic State militants.

"It's the bloodiest death toll in Sweida province since the start of the war" in 2011 and one of the deadliest ever in Syria, Abdel Rahman said. The Observatory also reported a series of suicide blasts and the clashes in the province's countryside. At least 45 militants died carrying it out, the Observatory said.

A Syrian local health official said the bombings and coordinated attacks, and subsequent fighting between local armed groups and militants in Sweida killed over 90 in all.

The bomber drove through the market on a motorcycle and there detonated his explosives, the TV station said.

A fourth blast hit the provincial capital later in the day.

"The Philippine Embassy in Damascus has reported that at least 150 other people were wounded in the attacks but said there were no Filipinos among the casualties", Cayetano said.

Hezbollah on Thursday denounced the terrorists blast in Syria's Suweida, warning that the United States occupation forces in Tanf are involved in the blatant crime which killed and injured dozens of innocent people. "Those responsible for the attacks must be held accountable".

In the worst violence to hit the area since the country's conflict began, the militants also reportedly abducted at least 18 people, activists said.

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