Syrian Opposition Detains 20 UN Peacekeepers
They had been monitoring Israel-Syria ceasefire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2013 1:23 PM CST
In this Feb. 26, 2013, photo, Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions as they observe the Syrian army forces' base of Wadi al-Deif, in Idlib province, Syria.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

(Newser) – The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the detention of more than 20 peacekeepers monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria by armed members of the Syrian opposition and demanded their immediate and unconditional release. Russia's UN Ambassador, the council president, says talks are underway between UN officials and the captors. The Golan Heights peacekeepers were detained by approximately 30 armed fighters today.

The UN observers were on a regular supply mission when they were stopped near an observation post that sustained damage and was evacuated last weekend following heavy combat. The rebels, according to a report, accuse the peacekeepers of assisting the Syrian regime in redeploying in an area near the Golan which the fighters had seized a few days ago in battles that led to the death of 11 fighters and 19 regime forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the peacekeepers will not be released until regime forces withdraw from a village called Jamla.

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EyesWideOpen
Mar 6, 2013 9:10 PM CST
Does the U.S. think a 60 million dollar donation to the Syrian rebels is going to buy some loyalty? It's not. Do they think it will give us a slice of the pie when and if the rebels set up their own government? It won't.
clmsman
Mar 6, 2013 2:38 PM CST
These are the folks we should send aid to per Kerry. Let's face it factional tribal warfare is the way of life in the middle east its not going to change. They replace one dictator usually with a worst dictator look at Egypt a country that is going to desend into chaos and civil war killing 10 of thousands. Now who was worst Mubarik or Morisi? Assad is a POS, but I guarantee it will be worst once he ousted.
KimKendall
Mar 6, 2013 2:09 PM CST
it would appear the rebels are israeli allies. when does israel allow a destablising event around its buffer zone.