45 Fijian UN peacekeepers released in Syria

Sep 12, 2014 12:12 IST

Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group, named Jabhat al-Nusra Front on 11 September 2014 released forty five captured Fijian UN peacekeepers. The peacekeepers were handed over to UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Personnel.

The freed peacekeepers were captured by the members of the al-Nusra Front in last week of August 2014 near Quneitra of the Syrian Golan Heights during clashes between rebels and Syrian government forces in the demilitarised zone.

Golan Heights between Israel and Syria is a demilitarised zone and is being monitored by the UN Disengagement Observer Forces (UNDOF) personnel, since 1974. It became a demilitarised zone in 1974 after the two nations signed a ceasefire armistice (armistice pact) in 1974.

The UN Disengagement Observer Forces (UNDOF) personnel have seen such seizure in recent years by the rebel fighters. Earlier, they were detained in March and May 2013. On those two occasions also they were released unharmed.

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