Jabhat al-Nusra militants had carried out an attack targeting settlements that had joined the government forces in the southern de-escalation zone, the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation reported.
Almost 70 al-Nusra militants were killed, as the government forces jointly with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) repelled the terrorist group's attack in Syria's southern de-escalation zone.
The Russian military noted that there were no losses among the Syrian army’s servicemen, but provided no details regarding casualties among the FSA units, according to the report.
"Over the past 24 hours, Jabhat al-Nusra militants have attacked the settlements in the southern zone of de-escalation, which joined the legitimate government," TASS cited the center's statement as saying.
In addition, Syrian government troops have destroyed 3 armored vehicles and 14 pickups carrying the heavy machine guns of militants, according to the statement.