UN military observers in Golan Heights recover body of slain Syrian

10 January 2003

Following earlier news that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed one Syrian and reportedly captured another in the northern Golan Heights, United Nations military observers in the region confirmed today that they were able to get to the site of the incident and recover the body of the deceased man.

A UN spokesperson in New York today also reported that the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) had been in touch with both Syrian and Israeli authorities. Israeli forces handed over to the UN the Syrian they had captured from the site just north of the intersection of the Jordanian, Israeli and Syrian borders. He was then transferred to the custody of Syrian authorities. The IDF also handed over one AK47 with live ammunition.

The UN mission's investigation into the incident is ongoing, spokesperson Hua Jiang said. "The situation on the ground has since returned to normal and both sides are cooperating with the mission," she added.


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