New York

30 August 2014

Note to correspondents: Update on the situation in the area of operation of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

The situation on the ground is calm but tense.

The 44 Fijians peacekeepers of Position 27 remain detained.

Fighting at Position 68 had stopped several hours ago.

As announced earlier, the 32 Filipino peacekeepers confined at United Nations Position 69 were extracted by the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and are safe and unharmed.

Also today, Observation Post 52, manned by 3 UN military observers and 5 UNDOF soldiers, came under fire. The Mission subsequently evacuated all 8 from the post to a safe location.

Later, UNDOF evacuated Observation Post 56, manned by 3 peacekeepers, in light of a nearby mobilisation of armed elements.

UNDOF is working tirelessly towards the immediate and unconditional release of all the detained peacekeepers.