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UN peacekeepers released in Syria

The United Nations (UN) says all 45 captured Fijian peacekeepers held captive by an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group have been released in Syria's Golan Heights.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said today: "We can confirm they have been released."

Mr Haq said they were released at the Quneitra crossing point in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights.

The UN said in a statement: "All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will proceed back to Camp Foar for medical assessment."

Fighters from the Nusra Front captured the Fijian troops late last month in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong UN force monitors the buffer zone between Syria and Israel.


From Belfast Telegraph