UN peacekeepers wounded on Golan Heights

Two UN peacekeepers wounded by mortar bombs launched from Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Mortar shells fired from Syria wounded two United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, Reuters has reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the peacekeepers were taken for treatment at a hospital in Israel, adding that she had no further information on their conditions or nationality. 

According to Israel Radio, the peacekeepers are not in critical condition. One sustained moderate injuries from shrapnel while the other was lightly wounded.

Errant shells from clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels have occasionally landed on the Golan Heights.

Another incident of stray mortar fire took place last Tuesday. No injuries were reported. 

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights have been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side.

In January 2015, a Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed on the Israel-Lebanon border during an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters.

Israel seized 1,200sq km of the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

The UN mission known as UNDOF - with about 800 soldiers from Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, and the Netherlands - was established in 1974. It monitors a ceasefire line on the Golan that has separated Israelis from Syrians since the 6th of October war.

TRTWorld and agencies