Four peacekeepers were kidnapped by Syrian rebels.
The United Nations Scribe, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday called for the immediate release of four peacekeepers being held by “armed elements” in the Golan Heights.
Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said the Secretary-General strongly condemned the detention of four UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers by armed elements in the vicinity of Al Jamla in the area of limitation.
The latest incident came nearly two months after 21 UNDOF peacekeepers were captured on March 6 in the same location by armed elements of the Syrian opposition.
They were held for four hours before being released.
In the wake of that incident, the Security Council issued a Presidential Statement on March 27 expressing its concern at the presence of the Syrian and opposition troops inside the demilitarised area of the Golan Heights.
It called on both sides to respect the blue helmets freedom of movement and security.
However, Ban called for the peacekeepers immediate release and reminded all actors in Syria that UNDOF was mandated to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria.
“The Secretary-General advised all parties to respect UNDOF’s freedom of movement, safety and security,” Nesirky said.
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