United Nations officials today are searching for the 43 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights captured by Syrian militants. The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have condemned the militants' actions. Separately, 75 peacekeepers surrounded by Syrian rebels say they are prepared to fight rather than surrender.
The United Nations has reduced patrols in the Golan Heights after last week's detainment of 21 peacekeepers. As fighting escalates in Syria, the UN may need to rethink security issues, a diplomat says.
Negotiations are ongoing for the release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers for the United Nations who are being held by Syrian rebels in Syria's Golan Heights amid fighting with government troops. A rebel spokesman said the unarmed peacekeepers will be released after government forces withdraw from a village along the Israeli border.