Syria Conflict Threatens UN Troops on Golan Cease-fire Line

Thursday, 06 Dec 2012 04:30 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

PARIS — United Nations forces based inside Syria to monitor a longtime cease-fire between Syria and Israel will bring in armor to reinforce their security because of a threat posed by an influx of Syrian rebels, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said.

The U.N. force deployed after the 1973 Middle East war, in which Syria failed to recapture the Golan Heights taken by Israel seven years before and later annexed by the Jewish state in a move never recognized internationally.

Speaking in Paris, peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said a number of countries contributing to the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) had voiced concerns after two Austrian soldiers were shot on Nov. 29 in an area of Damascus where government troops and rebels have been fighting.

"Certain countries are concerned," Ladsous told reporters on Wednesday. "We will reinforce security, most notably with armoured vehicles and we plan to send more political advisers to analyse the situation on the ground."

Ladsous said that while there was no plan to reduce the force, the situation in the area had "abruptly" changed dynamics surrounding the 36-year mission as the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad turns ever bloodier.

"The situation in Syria sparked a cascade of insecurity which has had consequences highlighted by the presence of armed groups belonging to the Syrian opposition in the disengagement zones. . . . There are people being trained that appear a lot like [hardline Muslim] Salafists," he said.

Stray shells and bullets from the internal Syrian conflict have landed on the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan cease-fire line in recent weeks and Israeli troops have fired artillery shells into Syria in response.

Ladsous said that UNDOF, which numbers 1,050 soldiers from Austria, the Philippines, India, Japan, Croatia, and Canada, had no specific mandate to deal with the escalating violence.

About 800 of the peacekeepers patrol on the Syrian side of the 1973 Golan Heights cease-fire line.

Their mandate is to oversee a dagger-shaped 400 square km (155-square-mile) "area of separation" where Syrian military forces are not allowed, but where Syrian security, police, customs officers and hunters may carry firearms.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

ISIS Executes 'Dozens' of Syria Troops in New Atrocity

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 06:25 AM

Islamic State jihadists have executed dozens of fleeing Syrian soldiers, a monitor said Thursday, the latest in a stri . . .

Netanyahu Hits Back at Israeli Critics of Gaza Truce With Hamas

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 18:18 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at critics of his truce with Hamas in Gaza, describing it as a political and  . . .

Saudi Arabia Jails 23 Men for Militancy

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 16:52 PM

A Saudi Arabian court sentenced 23 men to jail terms of up to 22 years for their role in militant attacks, state media s . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved