Thursday 18 January 2018

Syrian rebels row back on kidnap claims

Syrian rebels who claimed to have kidnapped a group of UN peacekeepers did an about-face as they said they were in fact rescuing them from danger.

The Yarmouk Martyrs' Brigade distanced itself from earlier statements that had accused the 21 unarmed Filipino observers of being "Zionist agents" assisting President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and called on the UN to send a team to retrieve them.

Shortly after, six of the men appeared in a video posted online, where one said that "civilians helped us for our safety" and were giving them safe accommodation, food and water.

The members of the UN Disengagement Observer Forces were seized near the Israeli border inside a demilitarised zone in the disputed Golan Heights region.

Irish Independent

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