Video of captive UN peacekeepers
India's United Nations peacekeepers salute as a UN vehicle crosses from Syria into Israel at the Kuneitra border crossing on the Golan Heights yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters
Six members of a 21-strong group of United Nations peacekeepers seized by armed Syrian rebels as they were monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights yesterday have appeared in an online video.
One of the six identifies himself as a captain in the Philippine UN battalion. He said the group was caught up in bombing near the village of al-Jamla and was helped by "civilian people" who gave them "good accomadation" as well as food and water.
Earlier, the UN Security Council called for the immediate release of the peacekeepers seized by armed Syrian rebels as they were monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.The abduction by "armed elements of the Syrian opposition" occurred yesterday near al-Jamlah, at an observation post inside the so-called area of limitation separating Israel and Syria, the UN said in a statement.
The peacekeepers were taken by about 30 rebels while on a supply mission near the post, which had been evacuated over the weekend after heavy fighting in the area, the UN said.