In a massive terror attack, over 250 are feared killed in what appears to be a coordinated strike in Southern Syria.
The Islamic State group suicide bombings and shootings in southern Syria rose to nearly 250 overnight with more than than half of them civilians.
The death toll climbed steadily throughout the day and into the night.
It was also confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is a Britain-based monitoring group.
The others killed were pro-government fighters or residents who had taken up arms to defend their villages.
The onslaught began with a triple suicide bombing in the city of Sweida, which was followed by attacks with guns and explosives on villages to its north and east.
A fourth blast hit the provincial capital later in the day. IS claimed the assault hours later. At least 45 jihadists died carrying it out, the Observatory said.
It was the worst bloodshed to hit Sweida province since the civil war began in 2011.>