UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights

2014-08-28 22:47:05 | Al Muslim News
UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights

 

Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels have been accused of seizing 43 UN soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, the UN has said. The US said on Thursday it believed members of the Nusra Front were among those who captured 43 Fijian soldiers serving in the UN disengagement observer force near Quneitra, a crossing from Syria into Israeli-occupied territory.A further 81 soldiers from the Philippines are understood to be under siege near Rwihinah. The Philippine government said its troops refused to give up their weapons when confronted. The capture and standoff come after Syrian rebels, including Nusra Front fighters, stormed the Quneitra crossing on Wednesday, sparking an exchange of fire with Israeli troops. In a statement, the US said it condemned the action by rebels groups "including the UN Security Council-designated terrorist group, the Nusra Front", which is al-Qaeda's primary affiliate in Syria. The UN Security Council said it held responsible "terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups". The Golan Heights is a strategic plateau captured by Israel in a 1967 Middle East war. Syria and Israel technically remain at war. Syrian troops are not allowed in an "area of separation: under a 1973 ceasefire formalised in 1974. The UN force monitors the area of separation, a narrow strip of land running about 70km from Mount Hermon on the Lebanese border to the Yarmouk River frontier with Jordan. It comprises 1,223 soldiers from Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands and the Philippines. Austria, Japan and Croatia have all pulled their troops out of the monitoring force due to the deteriorating security situation and spillover from the Syrian war. UN officials noted that troops monitoring the area have been abducted twice in the last year, but released safely..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

South Korea Moon seeks to normalize ties with China in first state visit

South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week,... More

Netanyahu says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital makes peace possible

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", aft... More

Terror bomber strikes New York subway three hurt

A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passageway during the morning rush hour on Monday, injuring three people... More

2018 may bring on nastier hack attacks says McAfee report

After a year marked by devastating cyber attacks and breaches, online attackers are expected to become even more destructive in 2018, security researc... More

Syrian govt agrees to join peace talks with conditions

GENEVA: Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria restarted on Tuesday with the government enforcing its will, warning the United Nations it would not to... More

Bali Volcano Ash Drifts 4.7 Miles High Airport Shut 3rd Day

 KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) An erupting volcano with a deadly history on Indonesia's Bali, one of the world's most popular resort islands... More

U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump tough line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militan... More

Trump Democrats spar as US government shutdown looms

US President Donald Trump clashed with Democratic leaders in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, heaping pressure on Congress to craft a compromise on federa... More

Pope in Myanmar preaches forgiveness to a nation accused of ethnic cleansing

Pope Francis spread a message of forgiveness in a historic open-air mass before a sea of worshippers in Yangon on Wednesday, during a visit to conflic... More

Indonesia Niqab Squad takes aim at face veil prejudice

Riding a horse or nailing an archery target is tough at the best of times it's even harder when you're wearing a niqab. But that isn't ... More

87