Syrian rebels have seized a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights and declare they will be held captive until President Bashar al-Assad's forces pull back from their home-town which has seen heavy recent fighting.
A video which was published on the internet by the syrian rebels showing 20 UN peace keepers held captive. They said they were not going to release the peace keepers until President Bashr al-Assad pulled back his forces a rebel held village which they claimed was in heavy fighting which they claimed was their hometown.
The Russian ambassador to the UN said "there is no right to harm the UN peacekeepers because they are they for a different mission not to cause problems, and it is wrong what the rebels did. Defying the law and UN rights.
The area which this peace keepers were captured has been where they have always been passing to do their jobs in the UN and this is the first time this sort of thing is happening.
The Arab League also invited the opposition Syrian coalition to take Syria's seat at a meeting of the regional body in Doha later this month. Syria was suspended in November 2011 in response to its crackdown on protests which has since spiraled into civil war.
In the latest attack by the Syrian military, warplanes bombarded the northeastern provincial capital of Raqqa for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people, opposition activists said. Video footage showed fighters putting dismembered bodies in an ambulance.
The peacekeepers of the UNDOF mission have been monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, captured by the Jewish state in a 1967 war, for nearly four decades.
Israel has warned that it will not "stand idle" as Syria's civil war spills over into the Golan region.
The United Nations in New York said its peacekeepers had been detained by around 30 fighters in the Golan Heights. The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the seizure of U.N. observers and demanded their immediate release.