Twenty-one U.N. peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels this week have been handed over to Jordanian authorities at the border with Syria, the Free Syrian Army told CNN today. Jordan confirmed the release. (CNN, 9 March)
Rebels had detained the Filipino peacekeepers in a Syrian village near the Golan Heights. The United Nations and Filipino government criticized the rebels and demanded their release. The peacekeepers reportedly are unharmed.
File photo: United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights near where 21 UN peacekeepers were seized by Syrian rebels on Wednesday. (Baz Ratner/Reuters)