Dozens killed in ISIL attacks in southwest Syria: state media

Authorities chased and killed two other attackers there before they could also blow themselves

The Observatory said government forces had forced the jihadists from all the villages they had stormed from their pocket northeast of the city. A second attacker hit another busy square in the city.

Bou Ammar, from Shbiki, said there weren't many men left to defend the village when the militants attacked.

Daesh said in an earlier statement it had killed more than 100 people in the attacks.

The assault in Sweida, near the border with Jordan, stunned a city that has escaped the worst effects of Syria's civil war and violence by extremist factions.

"It's the bloodiest death toll in Sweida province since the start of the war" in 2011".

Coordinated bombings hit the government-controlled city of Sweida, sparking gun battles in surrounding villages between attacking Isis-allied jihadis and regime forces on Wednesday morning, local officials said.

Abandoned shoes lay in the middle of the road among fruit that had spilt out of cartons.

The group, which has around 1,000 fighters in the region, has been the target of an intense campaign of bombing by Russian and Syrian jets in recent days. The abduction of civilians - activists say at least 14 were women - also were reminiscent of the group's tactic of taking hostages and using women as sex slaves.

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A picture taken on July 26, 2018, near Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the Israeli Golan Heights, shows smoke rising across the border in Syria following air strikes during a Syrian-government-led offensive in the southern province of Quneitra.

It is now closing in on a patch of territory in nearby Daraa province held by Jaish Khaled bin al-Walid, which has pledged allegiance to IS.

Since then, President Bashar al-Assad has gone on to crush the last remaining rebel enclaves near the cities of Damascus and Homs and swept rebels from the south-west.

Militants also attacked three villages north-east of the city, it said.

On Wednesday, Russia-backed regime forces pressed their heavy bombardment of IS territory in Daraa.

The latest deaths bring to 41 the number of civilians killed in bombardment on that pocket in less than a week, it said, 11 of them children. Two of these were killed and one was arrested.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the global community.

A Syrian military source accused Israel on Tuesday of firing at one of its warplanes as it carried out operations against IS in southern Syria.

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