Kidnapped Fijian Peacekeepers to be Released

Fiji says 45 UN peacekeepers taken hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in the Golan Heights will be released soon.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

UN peacekeepers flee Golan Heights posts
UN peacekeepers flee Golan Heights posts
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A group of 45 UN peacekeepers from Fiji taken hostage in the Golan Heights two weeks ago will be released soon, the Fiji government said Tuesday night, according to AFP.

"Fijian troops will soon be released. More details to follow," the Ministry of Information said in a one-line statement on its official Facebook page.

Details of when the men will be released and their wellbeing were not immediately available.

The peacekeepers were captured when they were ordered to surrender after rebels stormed a crossing on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

A group of 75 Philippine peacekeepers were also besieged by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra fighters, but they refused to give up and were eventually able to avoid capture.

The UN Security Council last week unanimously demanded the Fijians' release and condemned their capture "in the strongest possible terms".

Fiji's military has also repeatedly called for their release, stressing that they were neutral peacekeepers.

Al-Nusra, for its part, declared it would try the peacekeepers under the Sharia Islamic law.

The rebels previously issued three demands for the release of the peacekeepers: to be taken off the UN terrorist list, delivery of humanitarian aid to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with UN officers.



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