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Thursday, 27 January 2022 08:01 GMT

Austria launches probe on UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights ambush


(MENAFN) Austria has launched an investigation into whether its UN peacekeepers allowed Syrian police to drive into a fatal ambush in the Golan Heights in 2012, the defense ministry said on Saturday, inviting the UN to also take part in the probe.

Austrian weekly Der Falter published a leaked video Friday that was apparently filmed by the United Nations peacekeepers from Austria in September 2012 and shows Syrian smugglers ambush the police.

In a statement, the defense ministry said it was only made aware of the "dimension of the incident" by the images and video leaked to Falter.

Defense Minister Mario Kunasek says "the incidents will have to be meticulously and completely cleared up."

Discussions in the clip suggest that the peacekeepers knew they were letting the Syrian forces enter a trap, with one telling the other that "you should really tell them." Austria withdrew its UN peacekeepers from the area in 2013, citing worsening security.

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