UN officials said negotiations were under way Thursday with Syrian rebels who seized 21 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone between Syria and Israel, as rebels took total control of the key northern city of Raqa.
Image from a video on YouTube, March 6, 2013, allegedly shows rebel fighters with a UNDOF vehicle in the Golan Heights. Syrian rebels said they seized some 20 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel. AFP is using pictures from alternative sources as it was not authorised to cover this event and is not responsible for content which cannot be independently verified
Syrian rebels on Wednesday abducted the peacekeepers, who are from the Philippines, diplomats said, as the frontiers of their war against President Bashar al-Assad spread further.