The foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Syrian government have reportedly detained about 20 United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. According to UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey, the UN force stationed in the occupied Syrian territories of Golan Heights reported that approximately 30 armed militants stopped and detained about 20 peacekeepers in the area. “The UN observers were on a regular supply mission and were stopped near observation post 58,” he added. The UN issued the confirmation after new footage surfaced on the video-sharing website YouTube, showing a number of militants with the seized UN convoy. The video showed armed men surrounding two armored vehicles and a truck with “UN” written on them.
“The mission is dispatching a team to assess the situation and attempt a resolution,” the UN spokesman said.Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. The Israeli regime occupied and annexed the Golan Heights in 1967, in a move not recognized by the United Nations and the international community. MKA/JR