A senior UN official has confirmed the release of all 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers held in militants’ captivity in the Syria’s Golan Heights.
The UN deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said on Thursday that all the peacekeepers will be brought back to the UN camp in Syria for medical examination.
“We can confirm they have been released,” media outlets quoted Haq as saying.
In a video, which emerged online late Wednesday, the al-Nusra Front terrorists said they had consulted with their leaders and were advised by them that they “should release these prisoners.”
The foreign-backed militants kidnapped the Fijian soldiers back in August.
The militant group had initially made various demands to free the peacekeepers, including being removed from the UN’s list of terrorist organizations and the release of its members from prisons.
The Fijians are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), stationed in the Golan Heights since 1974 to monitor a ceasefire between Israel and Syria.
They were abducted two weeks ago after the al-Nusra militants attacked the Quneitra crossing.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the Takfiris fighting the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Golan Heights have been under the Israeli occupation since the 1960s. The Tel Aviv regime captured the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War of 1967 and annexed the region in 1981.
The UN Security Council has rejected the de facto annexation in Resolution 497. The UN also regards the Golan Heights as an occupied territory.