UN: 45 detained Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria
WATCH ABOVE: Al Jazeera television said on Thursday the al Qaeda-backed Nusra Front group released U.N. peacekeepers it seized two weeks ago on the Golan Heights.
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says all 45 captured Fijian peacekeepers held captive by an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group have been released in Syria’s Golan Heights.
U.N. Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday: “We can confirm they have been released.” Haq said they were released at the Quneitra crossing point in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights.
The U.N. 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 U.N. force monitors the buffer zone between Syria and Israel.
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