Russia condemns Sweida attacks killing 150 in Syria

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Fruits are seen scattered on the ground after a suicide bombing in Sweida, in southern Syria, on July 25, 2018. (Xinhua/Ammar Safarjalani)

It said terrorist groups such as IS and Al-Nusra Front, fearing "imminent defeat" in light of the Syrian Army's progress, were resorting to large-scale violence against civilians.

MOSCOW, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the series of bombings and attacks in Syria earlier during the day that left at least 1150 people dead and dozens of others wounded.

"The latest criminal attack by the IS terrorists has reaffirmed the misanthropic essence of the ideology and practice of terrorism and the importance of coordinating energetic international efforts to stamp out this global evil in Syria," the ministry said.

"We strongly condemn these atrocities," the ministry said, calling for joint efforts from the international community to combat terrorism.

Russia has participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria since September 2015 at the request of the Syrian government.

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks in the southern province of Sweida.

In May, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his administration has nearly won the seven-year war in Syria with the army making major progress in the fight against the rebels.