Syrian troops and allied militias have captured several Bedouin villages in southeast of the country to consolidate their control.

The air and ground offensive, backed by Russian air power, was waged on eight villages from Tal Asfar to Tlul al Shuhaib.

Meanwhile, the World Bank has estimated that the devastating war in Syria has cost the country a 226 billion dollars in cumulative Gross Domestic Product losses.

The United Nations has also said agreements to de-escalate the fighting in Syria could simplify the conflict and help stabilize the country.

Speaking in Geneva, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said discussions were being held in Amman to monitor implementation of a ceasefire for southwest Syria brokered by the United States and Russia.

He said a deal for the rebel-held town of Idlib could also be announced soon.

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