Syria rebels free 21 UN peacekeepers

2013-03-09 22:19

Beirut - An international peace envoy to Syria says Syrian rebels have freed 21 UN peacekeepers and have handed them to Jordanian authorities.

Mokhtar Lamani, the Damascus representative of the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, says the peacekeepers crossed into Jordan on Saturday afternoon.

The peacekeepers, all Filipinos, were seized on Wednesday by Syrian rebels who initially said they would only free the hostages if Syrian regime forces withdraw from the area.

They were being held in the village of Jamlah, near the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

  • Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-09 22:29

    Excellent news!

  • Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-09 23:01

    . GREAT!! This shows that the opposition is mature and man enough , to rectify their mistakes!! Unfortunatelly, this cannot be said of the illigitimate regime !!!

      Rational100 - 2013-03-10 07:53

      These rebels have been using the UN peacekeepers as human shields against attack by the ruling regime and in your view this is a noble gesture. Fact is, the internationally recognised Syria regime has acted mature by not bombing the rebels and the hostages (claiming collateral damage!) as they had clear knowledge of their where abouts!

  • Annemarie White - 2013-03-10 00:37

    Maybe a glimmer of hope?

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