The UN Security Council condemned on Thursday the detention of 43 peacekeepers by Syrian militants in the Golan Heights and demands their release.

"The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the detention of 43 United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers earlier today by Security Council-designated terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups," a statement issued by the 15-nation council read.

"The members of the Security Council demand the unconditional and immediate release of all of the detained peacekeepers and call upon all parties to cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to ensure the full security of the UN personnel."

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