ABC reported: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in the Golan Heights; 81 other peacekeepers trapped.
The Al-Nusra Front – an Al-Qaeda linked terror group – carried out the operation.
An Israeli soldier patrols the occupied Golan Heights (Flickr/IDF)
The UN troops are from the Phillippines.
At least 50 troops from the Philippines were reportedly taken by Islamist militants fighting in Syria
At least 50 members of a United Nations peacekeeping force from the Philippines serving in the Golan Heights region, on the Israeli-Syrian border, were reportedly kidnapped by militants aligned with al-Nusra Front, one of the Islamist factions fighting the Syrian government in the Syrian Civil War. Al-Nusra Front have ties to al-Qaida but are hostile to the even more radical Islamic State, a former ally they have broken off from.
Fighters of the -Nusra Front, alongside other rebel groups, which had reportedly attacked the Quneitra border crossing on Wednesday, were “holding ground” despite the heavy fire, a source in the Islamist Beit al Maqdis brigade, whose fighters were also involved in the fighting, said.
It was but last week that the Philippines Defense Ministry announced that it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus.
I don’t think people are giving this the importance it deserves. Al Qaeda (JN) are now on the border of Israel (Golan Heights). Significant.
— Asad ad-Dīn Shīrkūh (@AlWalaWalBara) August 27, 2014