Two U.N. peacekeepers injured by Syrian fire near Golan

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Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force cross with their armoured vehicles from the Israeli. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – On Monday, the Israeli military reported that mortar launched from Syria caused the injury of two United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. 

A military spokeswoman told reporters that the injured U.N. peacekeepers were taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

No details were provided as to the nationality or the condition of the injured peacekeepers.

The spokeswoman said the mortar fire was apparently a spillover from fighting in Syria. 

A spokesperson for the Irish Defence Forces said all Defence Force personnel were safe and accounted for.

The U.N. mission known as UNDOF –which consists of 800 soldiers from the Netherlands, Ireland, India, Fiji and Nepal– was established in 1974.

The UNDOF monitors a ceasefire line on the Golan that has separated Israelis from Syrians since a 1973 war. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Shells fired in battles between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to topple him in four years of fighting have occasionally landed on the Golan.

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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