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UN Peacekeeper Disappears Near Israel-Syria Border

The United Nations confirms that a member of the UNDOF peacekeeping force is missing.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/26/2013, 4:44 AM

Near the Syria border
Near the Syria border
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The United Nations confirmed on Monday that a member of the UN peacekeeping force charged with monitoring the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights is missing.

UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey would not say whether the missing person was a military or civilian member of the international or local staff.

"We can confirm that a staff member is not accounted for and we are in touch with the relevant parties to determine what has happened," del Buey said, adding, "We have no further comment at this time."

Earlier Monday, Sky Arabia reported that an advisor to the UNDOF commander was kidnapped on February 7.

According to the report, Carl Kampo is a legal advisor from Austria.

The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV network, which is affiliated with the Hizbullah terror group, also quoted reports saying that an advisor to the UNDOF commander was abducted. Several Lebanese media outlets quoted the Sky Arabia report as well.

UNDOF was established in 1974 following the 1973 Yom Kippur war to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces and maintain the ceasefire in the area.

In November, two Austrian soldiers from the force were wounded in Syria and were taken for treatment at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

The two soldiers were shot and wounded while their convoy was travelling to the Damascus airport.

In December it was reported that the United Nations is sending chemical weapons kits to UN troops in the Golan Heights because of growing fears over Syria's deadly non-conventional arsenal.