Total of 685 Settlements Have Joined Syrian Ceasefire

© REUTERS / Ammar AbdullahA boy rides a bicycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016.
A boy rides a bicycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The number of settlements that have joined the cessation of hostilities in war-torn Syria has increased to 685, despite the deterioration of the Syrian crisis, the Russian General Staff said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Poznikhir, truce agreements have been reached with representatives of 10 settlements in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of settlements that have joined the ceasefire to 685.

"Despite the deterioration of the situation, the Russian reconciliation center is continuing work on persuading the conflicting sides to join the cessation of hostilities," Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, the first deputy chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, said at a news briefing in the Defense Ministry.

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