UNITED NATIONS - A staff member of a UN peacekeeping force
in the demilitarized Golan Heights zone between Syria and Israel has gone
missing, the United Nations said on Monday.
"We can confirm that a staff
member is not accounted for and we are in touch with the relevant parties to
determine what has happened," UN spokesman Farhan Haq said. "We have no
further comment at this time."
The UN force in the Golan Heights, which Israel
captured from Syria in a 1967 war, is called UNDOF. Syrian troops are not
allowed in the area of separation under a 1973 ceasefire formalized in
Israel and Syria are still technically at war. The United Nations
has warned that the two-year-old Syrian civil war which has killed nearly 70,000
people could spill over into the tense Golan Heights area.