Militants continuing to lay down arms, 54 fighters defected to Syrian govt forces past 24h, Russia

The Russian military announced Saturday that more than 50 Syrian opposition militants, including six field commanders, have defected to the official government forces over the last day.

“Militants are continuing to lay down arms and to defect to the government forces. Over the past 24 hours, 54 fighters, including six field commanders of illegal armed groups, have laid down arms and defected to the government forces,” a spokesperson said.

In line with its commitments, Russia continues to support the ceasefire in Syria, he said. The presence of Russian military police and observation outposts has stabilized the region and helped to lower the number of ceasefire violations.