29 Aug 2014

Despite capture, Fiji troops to stay in Golan

5:05 pm on 29 August 2014

Fiji's military commander has ruled out withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, after 43 were captured by Syrian rebels overnight.

The United Nations says its disengagement observer force, of which Fiji has sent 434 troops, was detained near Quneitra during fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces.

The capture comes a day after rebels took control of a crossing into Israeli-occupied Golan after a long battle.

FBC reports Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga as saying the detained men are safe and well and negotiations are underway to try and secure their release.

A UN spokesperson says the organisation is making every effort to secure the release of the captured troops.

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