Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Breaking! Syria "rebels" seize UN peacekeepes in Golan

UNITED NATIONS — Syrian rebels on Wednesday abducted more than 20 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone pushing back the frontier of their war with President Bashar al-Assad.
The United Nations said it is trying to negotiate the release of the Philippines soldiers. But a spokesman for the rebels said in a video that the UN troops would be held until Assad's forces pull back from a village in the Golan.

About 30 armed fighters stopped a UN Disengagement Force (UNDOF) convoy in the ceasefire zone, where the UN has had peacekeepers monitoring a ceasefire between Syria and Israel since 1974, UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey told reporters.
"The UN observers were on a regular supply mission and were stopped near Observation Post 58, which had sustained damage and was evacuated this past weekend following heavy combat in close proximity, at Al Jamlah," he added.

There has been fierce fighting around Jamlah village, which is held by opposition forces.
The UN Security Council released a statement which said "armed elements of the Syrian opposition" had abducted the group of more than 20 peacekeepers and demanded their "unconditional and immediate" release.

"Negotiations are going on and the matter is mobilizing all our teams," UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told reporters after briefing the Security Council on the abduction. "It is a very serious incident."
Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who read the Security Council statement, said the rebels have made demands directed at the Syrian government but did not give details. "We hope they are going be released immediately," Churkin told reporters.

Syrian rebels are also believed to be holding an UNDOF staffer who was seized last month. The staffer is from Canada, according to diplomats.

Related: UN Staff at Golan Missing- The story changes

UN diplomats and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said the peacekeepers were from the Philippines.
Rahman released two videos in which a rebel group, the Yarmuk Martyrs Brigade, set out their demands for the release of the peacekeepers.

In one, a man identified as Abu Kaid al-Faleh, a spokesman for the brigade, said the peacekeepers would not be freed until Syrian government forces pull back from the area.

Beneficiary to that move? Obviously, Israel. 
The illegitimate UN should have demanded NATO pull their mercs out of Syria
And the western nations should stop supplying these hired killers
Instead the UN played along with the destabilization/imperialism.

There will be updates


  1. islamists kidnap UN people in Golan...currently under israel control....and israel does nothing to police its land?
    which leads me to ask why are no islamists attacking israel to aid the freedom of the palestinians?

    1. brian

      "why are no islamists attacking israel to bring freedom to the palestinians"

      I know you are being rhetorical, but, I have to say
      You can surmise as well as i can, that is not the agenda
      And a withdrawal of Syrian army only benefits Israel in their expansionist agenda
      Their 'buffer zone' and their drilling in occupied territory
      The 'rebels' are certainly advancing the Israeli agenda

  2. No mention at all of Campeau - very strange.

    1. There is a very brief mention of him in the article
      Not by name, but, it is there.

      But this is interesting

      "The UN observers were on a regular supply mission"

      supply mission? Of what sort?

    2. Ah yes. I'd just read the Reuters report which makes no mention at all of the previous kidnapping and had that report in mind.

    3. The mention in this article was an afterthought.
      What would the supply mission have been?
      Any thoughts?

  3. One thing you see in the video is a water tanker.

    1. thank you niqnaq :)
      I hadn't looked at any of the videos on this particular story

  4. the real issue here is not the kidnapping/'rescue' of UN patsies, but the presence of arab 'militants' aka jihadis active inside israeli held to kidnap as if there presence was unknown. israel didnt know about them? ive got this wonderful bridge going cheap...

    1. I agree that is the issue, the presence of these islamists inside Israeli held territory
      there is not a way in hell Israel did not know