Syrian rebels take UN observers hostage in Golan Heights

To be released if Assad's army withdraws from southern city

06 March, 18:34

(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MARCH 6 - A group of UN observers have been ''stopped in the Golan Heights'' by members of Syrian opposition fighters, according to a Youtube video in which rebels are seen in front of a UN vehicle.

The rebels say they will release the observers if Assad's army withdraws from Jamlah in the Daraa province. The video shows the spokesman for the 'Martyrs of Yarmouk' brigade saying that ''today on March 6 ,2013, we have taken into custody UN forces and will hold onto them until Assad's (the Syrian president) troops withdraw from the Jamlah village.'' The young man went on to say that ''we are asking the United States, Europe and the (UN) Security Council to release those we have in our hands...to withdraw Assad's troops from Jamlah, along the Israeli border. If this does not happen within 24 hours, we will treat them (the UN peacekeepers) as prisoners.'' The name of the Syrian rebel brigade is in memory of the historical battle fought between Byzantine forces and the Islamic army in the seventh century A.D. near the Yarmouk river, which today runs between the borders of Jordan, Syria and Israel. (ANSAmed).

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