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IS leaves Syria Druze reeling from heaviest losses of war

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Uniformed men walk near a building with Syrian and Ba'ath Party flags 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. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

BEIRUT, July 27 — The death toll in coordinated Islamic State group attacks in Syria’s Sweida neared 250 today, the Druze-majority province’s heaviest loss of life of the seven-year civil war.

Sweida, which is mainly government-held, had been largely insulated from the conflict raging in the rest of the country since 2011.

But the onslaught shattered the relative calm and showed that IS retains the ability to mount deadly attacks against civilians, despite being ousted from its last remaining urban pockets in recent months.

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

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The Malay Mail Online

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