Fijian U.N. peacekeepers released in Syria

The Israel-Syria border crossing in the Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The United Nations confirmed that the 45 Fijian peacekeepers held hostage for two weeks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group the al-Nusra Front near the Syria-Israel border were released.

"Today at 14:30 hours local time, the 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been detained were handed to UNDOF [the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force] at Position 80," the U.N. press office said in a statement.

"All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will proceed back to Camp Foar for medical assessment," the U.N. added.

Posted on September 12, 2014 .