Scores of people have died in a wave of suicide bombings and gun attacks in southern Syria.

According to BBC News, Health officials said at least 50 were killed in and around the government-held city of Suweida today.

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

Pro-government forces were later reported to be engaged in gun battles with 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.

Today’s apparently co-ordinated attacks were the deadliest on government-held territory in months.

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