Syrian rebels kidnap 20 UN Filipino observers on Golan


The UN confirmed the incident claimed by the Islamist Martyrs of Yarmouk command who said they were holding UN Disengagement Observer Force forces kidnapped close to the Golan village of Jamla near the Israeli border against the withdrawal of Assad regime units from the village. “If no withdrawal is made within 24 hours, we will treat the 20 hostages as prisoners,” said the announcement. A video was released showed a hostage and two masked captors. The Israeli Army North Command said “There is no change in security procedures near the border. This is an internal Syrian incident.”

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