Syria war: More than 200 dead in suicide attacks

Source: BBC News

At least 215 people have died in a series of apparently co-ordinated attacks in south-western Syria, local officials and a monitoring group say.

Several suicide bombings struck in and around the government-held city of Suweida – the main city in the province – on Wednesday.

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The Islamic State group (IS) said it carried out the attacks.

Pro-government forces were later reported to be engaged in gun battles with IS militants east of the city.

The Syrian government, backed by Russia, recently launched a campaign to retake the remaining rebel-held areas across the south of the country.

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