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UN trys to locate Fijian peacekeepers seized on Golan Heights

QUNEITRA - UN officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, trying to establish the whereabouts of 43 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria.

 

Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra, a fortified crossing between Syria and the Golan, barely 400 metres from Nusra Front militants,
who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border on Wednesday and seized the 43 Fijians.

 

About 80 UN soldiers from the Philippines, all of whom serve with UNDOF, a UN force that has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, remain locked down in two camps on the Syrian side of the frontier, military officers in the Philippines said.