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81 Philippine troops trapped, 43 peacekeepers seized, by militants fighting Syria in Golan Heights: UN

Published on Aug 28, 2014 10:31 PM
 
Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights as they wait to cross into the Syrian-controlled territory on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014. A group of 43 United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, the UN said on Thursday, while 81 Philippine peacekeepers were being restricted to their positions. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region as the world body works to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The affected peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

“During a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the Golan Heights, 43 peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained early this morning by an armed group in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah,” the UN press office said in a statement.

It added that another 81 UNDOF peacekeepers were being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah.

 
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