Now that President Bashar Assad regained control of the Syrian Golan Heights, Jerusalem asks U.N. to increase size of UNDOF force from 1,000 to 1200-1300 peacekeepers.
• Remember: UNDOF retreated from Syria in 2014 after peacekeepers were kidnapped by an al Qaida force.
By Lilach Shoval
Israel has asked the United Nations to reinstate its Disengagement Observer Force on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border, outgoing Northern Command Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Asher Ben-Lulu has confirmed to Israel Hayom.
UNDOF peacekeepers were first deployed on both sides of the Golan Heights border in 1974 as part of the Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Continue Reading »
With the return of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force to the frontier between Syria and Israel, Russia announces its military police will assist them until all UN patrols along the border are fully restored.
The Associated Press
The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help UN peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the volatile frontier between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights.
The Russian deployment in the area has highlighted Moscow’s growing clout in the region, marking a successful attempt to balance the sharply conflicting interests of Israel and Iran.
Syrian army soldier stands guard as Russian military police vehicle passes by near the town of Alhureyeh – Photo: AP
“The Russian flag is the guarantor of peace and security on that land,” said Lt. Continue Reading »
The UN ‘peacekeeping’ UNDOF returns to Syria for first time in years, conducting joint patrols with Russian military police, acknowledging Moscow’s standing in the region.
• Iranian-backed troops still posted near Damascus, and only 25 miles from Mount Hermon.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
U.N. peacekeepers returned to the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights on Thursday, for the first time in years.
United Nations Disengagement Observer Force officials conducted joint patrols with Russian military police in a reflection of Moscow’s deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes in the volatile region.
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The irony of it all!
The UN Security Council’s renewal of UN’s 1974 ceasefire resolution for the Golan Heights calls for Syrian regime military as well as opposition forces to cease fighting and immediately retreat from the Golan Heights.
By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff
The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the Syria-Israel border area.
UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli and Syrian forces from Golan.
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UNDOF observation position on Mount Bental, Israel’s part of the Golan Heights.
The latest offensive by an ISIS-allied group in the tri-border region of southwest Syria, Israel and Jordan has quickly captured 4 villages and is currently endangering the Syrian city of Daraa, whose southwest suburb is already under ISIS control.
BY Roi Kais
ISIS-affiliated groups opened a major offensive in the tri-nation border of Israel, Syria and Jordan, attacking various rebel factions and have managed to take control of four villages—Adwan, Saham al-Jawlan, Jalin and Tasil—in addition to the strategic southwestern suburb of Daraa, which is the capital of Hauran.
Israel-Syria-Jordan triborders – Google Maps
Areas change hands somewhat frequently, but a rapid victory on this scale has not been seen in some time. Continue Reading »
A year and a half after UN peacekeepers left Syrian territory, the United Nations intends to return its UNDOF force, which is composed of soldiers from 5 countries, to the posts they were stationed between 1974-2014.
By Alex Fishman
A year and a half after the hasty departure of UN troops from the Syrian Golan Heights, the UN force supervising the separation of forces is prepared to disperse its forces on the Syrian side of the border.
Former UNDOF commander Iqbal Singh with IDF commanders – Photo: Yoav Zitun
In recent weeks, officers and soldiers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) made several visits to facilities and vantage points they manned from September 2014 in the Syrian Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
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. Continue Reading »
Al-Jazeera TV reported UNDOF soldiers in southern Syria abandoning their posts to flee to the Israeli side. Meanwhile a Phillipine official reported that Syrian rebels who seized the 43 Fijian UN peacekeepers, attacked Filipino troops on the Syrian Golan Heights.
By Roi Kais and AFP
The Al-Jazeera network reported Saturday that members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force stationed in Daraa in southern Syria are abandoning their posts and fleeing to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
Armored UN vehicle at Qunitera border crossing, Saturday morning – Photo: AFP
In another report published simultaneously, Philippine officials said Syrian rebels holding dozens of Fijian UN peacekeepers hostage attacked Filipino troops in the Golan Heights on Saturday. Continue Reading »
UN Security Council extends mandate of UNDOF deployed on Syrian-Israeli border.
The UN Security Council has demanded a halt to all military activity by the Syrian government and opposition fighters on the Golan Heights and called for stepped up measures to protect peacekeepers who have been caught in crossfire.
UN peacekeeping soldiers from Austria near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, June 2013. – Photo by Reuters
A resolution adopted unanimously by the council on Thursday extended the mandate of the UN force monitoring the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights until December 31. Continue Reading »
UNSC upgrades UNDOF peacekeepers with machine guns, extra body armor & more armored vehicles.
By Gil Ronen
The UN Security Council on Thursday backed UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights carrying machine guns, as fallout from the Syria war increases in the ceasefire zone, AFP reported.
UN base outside of Quneitra, Golan Heights – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The 15-member council passed a resolution to extend the mandate of the force, which monitors a three-decade-old ceasefire between Syria and Israel, but which called on Syrian government and opposition fighters to stay out of the zone.
The council strongly condemned three abductions of UN peacekeepers in the Golan since March and expressed “grave concern” at violations of the 1974 ceasefire accord. Continue Reading »
Nearly 170 Fiji soldiers to join UNDOF on Israel-Syria border after Austria’s soldiers withdrew before replacements took over.
The United Nations announced Monday that 170 peacekeepers from Fiji will join the UN’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stationed on the Israel– Syria border by the end of the month.
Fiji force to replace Austrians – Photo: EPA
They will be replacing Austrian forces who have pulled out of the area following an escalation in the fighting between Assad’s forces and the rebels.
The Austrian troops left the Golan Heights area last week. Austria’s dramatic decision to withdraw from the area led the UN’s Security Council to harshly condemn the spread of violence to the demilitarized buffer zone. Continue Reading »
Document submitted to UN Security Council says IDF told UN commander they would ‘take action’ if Syrian army tanks entered into agreed buffer zone during Quneitra battle with rebel.
The fierce battles in the Quneitra region between the Syrian army and rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad threatened to result in a significant military confrontation between Israel and Syria, American blogger Nabil Abi Saab reported on Saturday.
UN vehicles near Quneitra battle zone – Photo: AP
The report was based on a document submitted to the Security Council by Herve Ladsous, UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. Continue Reading »
The UN reported that Russia is banned from participating in the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, UNDOF.
The United Nations said on Friday that Russia cannot send troops to the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, after President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to bolster the force, AFP reported.
Russian soldiers march in Moscow
Putin offered troops after Austria decided to withdraw its 377 soldiers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Syria and Israel because of growing spillover from the Syria conflict.
However, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later on Friday that Russia was banned from taking part in the force because it is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Continue Reading »