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UN condemns Syria fighters’ activity on Golan

March 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expressing concern about ongoing military activity on the Golan Heights by the Syrian army and opposition fighters and condemning the decapitations of five apparent members of Syria’s military.

The council was briefed Wednesday on the U.N. peacekeeping force in the region, known as UNDOF, which was established after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s most recent report on UNDOF warns that the “heavy clashes” in the area of separation “jeopardize the cease-fire between the two countries.”

A statement read by Luxembourg, which currently holds the council presidency, expresses concern about the continuing use of heavy weapons in the area, including barrel bombs.

Ban’s report on UNDOF says the five beheaded bodies were seen “in a location used by armed members of the opposition.”

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