One day after capturing a border crossing near the Israeli-Syrian border, rebels from the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front have reportedly detained (or by some accounts abducted) nearly 50 United Nations peacekeepers on Thursday.
Here is the AP report:
The United Nations says 43 peacekeepers have been detained by an armed group in Syria during fighting and 81 other peacekeepers are trapped.
UN says an additional 81 Golan Heights peacekeepers are trapped in positions "in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah."— Samuel Oakford (@samueloakford) August 28, 2014
And here is the Telegraph's take:
Forty-seven soldiers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) are understood to have been abducted during clashes in the Golan Heights area between Syrian government forces and militants fighting with the Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda linked group.
No matter the semantics, fighting near the border between Israel and Syria has intensified in recent days as soldiers loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad gave up a border post in the strategically important Golan Heights. Fighting spilled over the border as mortars struck Israel and an Israeli soldier was wounded.
There are over one thousand peacekeepers currently monitoring the border between Israel and Syria, enforcing a ceasefire that was enacted 40 years ago following 1973 Yom Kippur War.
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