Skip to comments.UN: About 20 Golan Heights peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels
Posted on 03/06/2013 11:17:44 AM PST by Mount Athos
Syrian rebels are holding hostage a convoy of United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, and have vowed to detain them until President Bashar Assad withdraws his forces from a Syrian village that has suffered heavy fighting.
The U.N. on Wednesday confirmed that about 20 of its peacekeepers were being held by about 30 armed fighters in the Golan Heights, where the forces are charged with monitoring a cease-fire line between Syria and Israel. The capture, first announced in a rebel video posted on the Internet, was condemned by the U.N. Security Council, which demanded their immediate release.
The U.N. observers were on a regular supply mission Wednesday when they were stopped near an observation post which sustained damage and was evacuated last weekend following heavy combat, according to U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey. He said the U.N. peacekeeping mission has dispatched a team to assess the situation and attempt a resolution.
The seizure was the first overt threat to U.N. personnel since the start of the nearly two-year-old uprising against Assad. It came as the Arab League okayed its member states to arm the rebels and as Britain said it would increase aid to the opposition forces.
The U.N. peacekeeping mission has been in place for nearly four decades, monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, captured by Israel in a 1967 war.
The hostage takers are Obama’s friends and allies. But why is it in America’s interest to help these thugs to replace the current thug?
As FDR once noted about a Central American dictator, Samosa of Nicaragua, “He may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he’s OUR son-of-a-bitch.”............
This country is helping the “rebels.”
Is anyone else besides me willing to call the rebels bearded savages?
Are these some of the same “u.n. peacekeepers” who’ve been raping young and old, men and woman in Africa??
The u.n. is garbage/
Who to root for here?
This is no big crisis. Somebody ought to pay the rebels to keep the peacekeepers.
As long as they aren’t our guys in there (as Hagel wants), I agree.
Ask the Mossad where the terrorists are holding the Blue helmts, then level the entire town - make the rubble bounce.
Not really a cure, but a good start.
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I presume these are the moderates. Kerry: U.S. more confident arms flow to Syria moderates Arab spring springing all over. Theh "monitors" have been useless, other than to the jihadists, but they shouldn't be held hostage.