Caught in Syrian crossfire, U.N. monitors handed over

By REUTERS
May 16, 2012 18:30

AMMAN - Six ceasefire monitors, who were caught overnight in the crossfire of Syria's civil conflict, were handed back to their UN colleagues on Wednesday by rebels fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The stranding of the observers in a gun and bomb attack at a funeral that killed at least 21 civilians underscored the relentlessness of the violence challenging a UN ceasefire that is meant to lead to a peaceful resolution to the uprising.

"We gave the six with their cars to a UN convoy near the entrance of Khan Sheikhoun. They are all safe, in good heath and on their way to Damascus," Free Syrian Army commander Abu Hassan said by satellite phone from the site of the handover.

The observers stayed overnight with rebels who said they feared an assault by government forces after the funeral attack.

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