Golan Heights (August 2014)

The United Nations has confirmed that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers (UNODOF) on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on today. The captors are alleged to be members of the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) personnel were detained near Quneitra, during fighting between the Rebel al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s affiliate, and government forces in Syria.
Another 81 peacekeepers are being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of al-Ruwayhina and Burayqa.
The previous day rebels took control of a crossing into the Israeli-occupied Golan after a long battle.
During the fighting, an Israeli soldier and an Israeli civilian were wounded by stray bullets. The Israeli military said it had responded with artillery fire at two Syrian army positions.
An Irish  Defence Forces spokesperson has confirmed all Irish personnel are safe and accounted for.

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