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Militants Release U.N. Peacekeepers Captured in Syria's Golan Heights

An image grab taken from a video released by Al-Manara Al-Baydaa, the official media arm of Al-Nusra Front, and uploaded on YouTube on September 10, 2014 shows a Fijian UN peacekeeper sitting with other UN hostages speaking to the camera at an unknown location saying that they are going be released by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front rebels in the Golan Heights.AFP - Getty Images

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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations said Thursday that all 45 captured Fijian peacekeepers held captive by an al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group have been released in Syria's Golan Heights. U.N. Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday: "We can confirm they have been released." Haq said they were released at the Quneitra crossing point in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights.

The U.N. said in a statement: "All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will proceed back to Camp Foar for medical assessment." Fighters from the Nusra Front captured the Fijian troops late last month in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong U.N. force monitors the buffer zone between Syria and Israel.

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