Photographs purportedly showing more than 40 UN peacekeepers seized by Islamist militants on Syria’s side of the Golan Heights – along with their identity cards – have been posted on social media.
The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front says the captives, all from Fiji, were detained on Thursday because their UN mission was helping Syria’s government and had ignored the suffering of its people. It says they are being treated well.
Talks are continuing to try to secure the release of the soldiers, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Al-Nusra claims to be holding 45 peacekeepers but the Fijian army says 44 have been seized.
More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers trapped by Islamists in a different area on the Syrian side of the frontier – which saw fresh clashes on Monday (September 1) – have been able to escape.
Separately, Israel says it shot down a drone that flew from Syria into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan Heights on Sunday.
Israel captured the western part of the plateau from Syria in 1967. The UN is there to try to keep the peace.