2 wounded UN peacekeepers from errant mortar strike inside Syria treated in Israel

In apparent spillover from ongoing civil war, 2 wounded UNDOF peacekeepers stationed in Quneitra, a man & a woman from Nepal, were sent to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

By Danny Brenner, Lilach Shoval, Israel Hayom Staff & Reuters


Two United Nations peacekeepers stationed on the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights were wounded on Monday when a mortar shell struck their position in Quneitra.

A wounded U.N. peacekeeper is treated at Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Monday – Photo: Ziv Medical Center

It is believed the mortar fire was spillover from the ongoing civil war inside Syria.

The wounded peacekeepers, a man and a woman from Nepal, were transported to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment. The man suffered moderate wounds in one hand and his chest, while the woman was lightly wounded with scratches and bruises.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission, known as UNDOF, was established in 1974, and has about 800 soldiers from Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, and the Netherlands. It monitors the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights that has separated Israel and Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Shells fired in battles between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels trying to topple him in four years of fighting have occasionally strayed across the border into Israel.


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