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A Syrian soldier waves the national flag atop the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in the town of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights

A Syrian soldier waves the national flag atop the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in the town of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights

The Islamic State terror organization killed at least 183 people, both combatants and civilians, in fighting and suicide bombings in southern Syria on Wednesday, a war monitor said in a report.

It's the worst violence to hit the area since the country's conflict began. Facing imminent defeat, terrorists resorted to a craven last-ditch effort and carried out deadly attacks in As-Suwayda, in southwestern Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Northeast of Sweida city, the jihadists launched simultaneous attacks on several villages where they clashed with government forces, state media and the Observatory said.

The attack on the villages coincided with suicide attacks in the provincial capital earlier in the morning. On Tuesday night the regime targeted the countryside in eastern Deir Ezzor, the Observatory reported. It is now closing in on a patch of territory in nearby Daraa province held by jihadist group Jaish Khalid bin al-Walid, which has pledged allegiance to IS.

Uniformed men ride a pick up truck in Quneitra, on the Syrian side of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, July 26, 2018.

Syria's Druze minority makes up around three per cent of the population.

The Islamic State group has lost much of the territory it once held in Syria and neighboring Iraq, but does still control parts of eastern and southern Syria.

Syrian soldiers raise the national flag in the town of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights

By nightfall, the province's health directorate had recorded 215 civilians killed and 180 wounded, according to local official Hassan Omar, making it the single bloodiest day for the province since the 2011 national revolt that sparked the ongoing civil war.

State news agency SANA said dozens were killed in the assault but did not give a specific toll.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but state media, the government mouthpiece, are blaming Islamic State militants for the carnage.

Also on Friday, Syrian army troops scored progress in the fight against Daesh Takfiri terrorists at Yarmouk basin in the southern countryside of Dara'a province.

Four suicide bombers struck the city of Sweida, while other IS fighters attacked villages to its north and east with guns and explosives.

The Syrian military, backed by Russian forces, recently launched an operation to drive the rebels from their remaining strongholds in the south-west.

The Syrian government condemned the move, describing it as a "criminal operation" by Israel and others.

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