Mon, Aug 5, 2013, 01:00
Worse, on several occasions, soldiers were disarmed and kidnapped by Syrian rebels. Insurgent groups such as the al-Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade are responsible for most of the most egregious attacks. Not only have Undof personnel been hurt, but unarmed Syrian military liaison officers have been abducted by rebels from Undof positions and then executed.
Both countries have repeatedly denied Undof personnel access to areas covered by Undof’s mandate. They are playing a dangerous game of escalation. Both should be reminded that it is in nobody’s interest except religious extremists for another war to break out between Syria and Israel.