The victims included state employees, teachers and soldiers.
Iraqi forces face major security threats as Islamic State fighters seek to sow sectarian violence.
Since mid-2013 in Zaatari, a refugee camp in Jordan, more than 6,500 babies have been delivered and 5 percent are born to mothers younger than 18.
Russia's Defense Ministry said its jets had launched 64 strikes and killed more than 300 militants during the operation, backing up the Syrian army.
Government soldiers were fleeing the city, activist says. Militants had nearly encircled the city and entered its northern and northwestern neighborhoods. Syrian army says it sent reinforcement.
After Assad routs the rebels, the U.S. will be left with no ally in Syria in fight against Islamic State. Considering Trump's desire to steer clear of Mideast conflict, we may see U.S. and Russia dividing the fight between them.
The Islamic State regime in Iraq has been replaced by the anarchy arising from infighting between local tribes and militias.
ISIS took over Sirte in early 2015, turning it into their most important base outside the Middle East and moving large numbers of foreign fighters into the city.
A dedicated bishop in Syria and international donations are among the factors that rescued one of the largest hostage groups held by ISIS yet.
ISIS' new spokesman targeted the 'secular, apostate Turkish government' urging for attacks in Turkish embassies, and for sympathizers to 'redouble' efforts.
Iraqi government and Kurdish forces surround the city from the north, east and south, while Popular Mobilisation forces - a coalition of Iranian-backed Shi'ite groups - are trying to close in from the west.
About 30 shop owners were arrested and taken away blindfolded,seemingly as a warning to retailers to refrain from raising prices that could cause unrest in the city.
The extremists tear down facade of second-century theater and monument after recapturing the town from government troops.