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UN confirms peacekeepers captured in Syria

The United Nations confirms that 43 international peacekeepers are being detained in the Syrian Golan Heights, as fighting intensified near Quneitra.

The UN says the UNDOF troops are held by “armed forces,” but does not detail who is behind their capture.

“In addition, another eighty-one UNDOF peacekeepers are currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah,” it says in a statement.

“The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the Force throughout its area of operation.”

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