UN staffer goes missing on Israel-Syria border

A staff member of UN peacekeeping force in demilitarized Golan Heights between Syria, Israel "not accounted for."

By REUTERS
February 26, 2013 03:41
Peacekeeping troops with UNDOF

UN peacekeeping troops Syria-Israel 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

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."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


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 1974.

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.

Click for full JPost coverage


Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF