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September 12, 2014 3:57 pm

United Nations Confirms Release of Fijian Peacekeepers in Syria

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The Israel-Syria border's Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The United Nations has confirmed that the 45 Fijian peacekeepers held hostage for two weeks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group al-Nusra Front near the Syria-Israel border have been released.

“Today at 14:30 hours local time, the 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been detained were handed to UNDOF [the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force] at Position 80,” the U.N. press office said in a statement according to Reuters.

“All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will proceed back to Camp Foar for medical assessment.”

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