UPDATE: The death toll among civilians has grown to 147.
On July 25, ISIS cells in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside launched a large scale offensive, during which they captured the villages of Shbeiki, Shureihi, Rami and Duma, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
In the same time, six suicide bombers of ISIS targeted civilian areas inside the city of al-Suwayda. The Hezbollah media wing in Syria revealed that Syrian security forces killed two of the suicide bombers and captured one other, while the rest manged blew themselves up inside the city.
A source in the al-Suwayda hospital said that over 100 civilians, including women and children, were killed as a result of ISIS attacks in the city and the eastern countryside. Dozens others were reportedly injured.
Minutes after ISIS offensive, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the local National Defense Forces (NDF) launched a counter attack and recaptured all the villages, which were lost earlier. NDF fighters killed more than 12 fighters of ISIS during the clashes and besieged an entire group of the terrorist organization inside Shbeiki.
This was the largest terrorist attack in the southeastern governorate of al-Suwayda since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011. The SAA and the local NDF will likely launch a large military operation in the upcoming days to eliminate the remaining cells of ISIS in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.