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UN peacekeepers seized near Syria border

UN peacekeepers seized near Syria border

Damascus: Four UN peackeepers are being held in the so-called Area of Limitation between Syria and Israel, where neither Israeli nor Syrian forces can operate.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, said the soldiers are a part of the Disengagement Observer force and have been in the Golan Heights since the end of the Arab-Israeli war in 1973.

He said the peacekeepers monitor the Area of Limitation.

He said there are no details of the missing peacekeepers' nationalities, adding that the force comprises personnel from Austria, India, Morocco and the Philippines.

Our correspondent said Tuesday's incident follows a similar situation in March involving peacekeepers from the Philippines, and UN diplomats are worried about the continuation of the peacekeeping operation at a time of extreme tension in the region.

A UN spokeswoman told Reuters news agency that the organisation did not know who had detained the peacekeepers.

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