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Syria militants abduct UN peacekeepers in Golan, “Israel” concerned

Al Manar

Gunmen in Syria seized on Wednesday seized 21 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone between Syria and the Zionist entity.

UN officials said on Thursday negotiation with the militants were under way in order to free the peacekeepers, who are from the Philippines, diplomats said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for their “immediate” release and demanded the Syrian government and the armed opposition respect their “freedom of movement and security”.

The UN said it was trying to negotiate the release of the soldiers, while an opposition spokesman said the troops would be held until Assad’s forces pull back from a Golan village.

Officials in Manila urged the troops, who are part of a 300-strong Filipino peacekeeping unit, to be released immediately.

Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who read the Security Council statement on the situation, said the opposition have made demands directed at the Syrian government, but gave no details.

The United Nations has reported a growing number of incidents in the Golan over the past year. It has sent extra armored vehicles and communications equipment to reinforce security for the mission.

For its part, “Israel” expressed its concern on Thursday that the UN woul pullout its peacekeeping force from the Golan after the incident.

AFP quoted an “Israeli” official as saying that “this kidnapping is likely to convince countries who participate in this force to bring their troops home, which would undoubtedly create a dangerous vacuum in no man’s land on the Golan.”

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that “since its creation, this force has fulfilled its mission which was to keep the peace.”

AFP said that the Zionist entity now “fears that the departure of UNDOF troops could leave a vacuum in the ceasefire zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, leaving it open to infiltration by hardliner militant groups.”

4 responses to “Syria militants abduct UN peacekeepers in Golan, “Israel” concerned

  1. ruby22-kate March 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    How come the people illegally occupying Golan Hts get UN peacekeepers? The indigenous Palestinians in Gaza, may have UN relief, they have no “peacekeepers” – a truly Orwellian word. Keeping the peace by methods of violence, threats and murder

    This is zionist false flag, they’re laying groundwork to atttack Syria and Iran. Nobody will be fooled, despite how the media will play it’s propaganda/hasbara role to perfection.

  2. realistic bird March 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    They keep trying to get poke the Syrian gov. to see what it might do in such a situation.

    They are arming these people who are kidnapping their troops. *rolls eyes*

  3. ruby22-kate March 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I’lm sure you’ve seen the latest report on US supplying 75 plane loads of weapons from Croatia, from the “lukewarm” President Obama.
    Lukewarm! (eye roll + groans of disbelief & kb is burning with anger, white hot anger and angst.) just venting. No need to reply, know you’re busy.❤ kate

  4. realistic bird March 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Yes I have heard about it. In many countries the president policy does not matter rather it is a state policy usually decades in advance. True democracy is not present much anymore, they lie to people and tell them you have the right to vote but when in office what the people were promised is long gone.

    This is my first move, it is crazy lol all that packing is going to my head.

    Hope you are well🙂❤

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