The United Nations confirmed, Thursday evening, that three members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights were kidnapped briefly on Wednesday by an unidentified group of Syrian rebels. The UN troops were unarmed when the armed rebels broke into their observation post. The observers were held for five hours and released unharmed.
Last week, four UNDOF soldiers were kidnapped while on patrol and returned after a few days in a repeat of the March abduction of 21 observers. UNDOF was established in March 1974 to put distance between Syrian and Israeli troops, following the Yom Kippur War of 1973.