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Fijian Soldiers surrender …… Filipino Soldiers are prepared to fight back rather than surrender as they are well-trained… they are well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers

Syrian rebels surround UN peacekeepers, hold more hostage

UN peacekeepers kidnapped at Golan Heights

A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shows armed men, reportedly rebel fighters, standing near vehicles in the Syrian side of the Golan, near the Quneitra border crossing. Source: AFP

SYRIAN rebels surrounded dozens of defiant Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage, authorities said.

Seventy-five Filipino members of a United Nations’ peacekeeping force were defending two posts on the Syrian side of Golan Heights, and were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said.

“We can use deadly force in defence of the UN facilities,” Colonel Roberto Ancan told reporters.

“I (would) just like to emphasise our troops are well-armed, they are well-trained… they are well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers.”

Syrian rebels, including fighters from the al-Qa’ida affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing at Quneitra on Wednesday, sparking an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops.

Quneitra is the only crossing between the Syrian and the Israeli-controlled side of the strategic plateau.

The rebels captured 43 Fijian members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) yesterday, forcing them to surrender their weapons then taking them hostage.

Colonel Ancan said the rebels then used an English-speaking Fijian hostage to relay their demand to the Filipino peacekeepers to give up their weapons.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said talks were underway to release the hostages, and they were believed to be safe.

“I want to assure the families of the soldiers we are doing everything possible to secure their safe return,”Mr Bainimarama said in a statement “The latest information we have is that they are safe and I can say now that the negotiations for their release have already begun.”

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji was “united as a nation in praying for their safe return”

The UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the assaults against the peacekeepers, which it said were carried out by “terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups.”

The council demanded the “unconditional and immediate release of all the detained United Nations peacekeepers” and urged countries with influence to help win their release.

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The Philippine military said the soldiers were occupying two UNDOF posts about four kilometres apart.

The United Nations initially said 81 Filipinos were involved in the stand-off, however Filipino commander Ancan said there were 75.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it was unclear which group had staged the attacks.

“Some groups are self-identified as affiliated to Al-Nusra but we are not able to confirm,” he said.

However the US State Department said Al-Nusra was definitely involved. “The United States strongly condemns the detention of UN peacekeepers and ongoing violence targeting the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights by non-state armed groups, including UN Security Council-designated terrorist group Al-Nusra Front,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The United States demanded the “unconditional and immediate release” of the Fijian peacekeepers, the statement said.

The UNDOF has been stationed in the buffer zone of the Golan Heights since 1974 to monitor a ceasefire between Syria and Israel.

Israel initially seized 1200 square kilometres of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War, then annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

There are currently 1,200 peacekeepers: from the Philippines, Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal and the Netherlands.

Since the Syrian war erupted in 2011, the plateau has been tense, with a growing number of rockets and mortar rounds hitting the Israeli side, mostly stray, prompting occasional armed responses.

The Philippines, which has 331 troops serving in UNDOF, announced on Saturday that it would pull out of the peace force because of security concerns.

Filipino defence officials said no fresh troops would be sent once the current batch of soldiers returned from duty in October.

Last year, the Philippines said it was considering pulling its Golan peacekeepers out after 25 of them were kidnapped but later freed by Syrian rebels in two separate incidents.

In assessing the latest crisis, UN officials noted the safe release of the Filipino peacekeepers last year.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino described the situation in the Golan Heights as “tense” but also sought to calm fears about the fate of the Filipino troops.

“So far, we should not worry. The news is that the situation looks stable,” Mr Aquino said.

 

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AFP

 

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27 thoughts on “Fijian Soldiers surrender …… Filipino Soldiers are prepared to fight back rather than surrender as they are well-trained… they are well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers

  1. frank will his war hero son Meli to Syria after this in a rescue mission of FMF elite force a.k.a the cassava dashers.

    KEMUNI NA SOTIA SA QAI LAURAI MAI QO NA VAKATERATERA CICI LEVU NI CAKAVA TIKO VEI KEIMAMI GA NA NOMUNI E VITI. EVEI NAI ROGOROGO NI RFMF DA DAU KILA TU? SA VAKARAITAKI GA MAI NA YALO RERE KEI NA LAMUSONA E TU VEI NOMUNI LIULIU O VOREQE KEI TIKOITONOKANONASONA.

  2. Dua na kerekere to all the posters

    Let us all pray for our soldiers trying to help bring peace in that war torn region and for the safe return of the 43 captured soldiers.

    Not the time and place for political point scoring.

  3. They act tough in Fiji when dealing with unarmed civilians but throw up their hands in surrender when faced with armed people who are willing to fight. Following in the foot steps of their Commander who dashed through the cassava patch to save his own sorry ass.

  4. when problem comes than think about “PRAY” God ALMIGHTY says ” I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” WAT GOD BAI AND KHY ARE SERVING?

  5. Thank you Bill Carson. Please also understand the feelings expressed by our citizens. Our soldiers here have to obey orders, and unfortunately, their loyalty has been misplaced on their former leader Rt Jo ia sa Rere Bainimarama.

    But on a more serious note, our soldiers/sons/brothers are there in the hands of potential murderers. They need our prayers. Their lives are all in God’s hand and our prayers can help make a difference between life and death. We all want them to come back safely home and hope that they will learn to become better people and soldiers through this experience.

    To our boys and women there in the Golan Heights, you are in our hearts and in our prayers. Trust in the Lord, for He is our refuge and strength and an ever present help in times of trouble. Vinaka

  6. How useless are these Fijian military. Bash their own defenceless citizens to death – but surrender to islamists at the first sign of trouble? Fiji is totally farked under khaiyum and his pet pig bhain!

  7. They are soldiers who sell their skills/abilities for a price as indeed every worker does. So for them that is part of the contract…that is what they are paid for.

    They are not dead yet, but the government decided to acept the offer, took the risk of deploying them to a volatile area and should be accountable for that decision.

  8. @Bill Carlson – fuck you
    did the soldiers think about the country and its citizens when they removed the very govt elected by the people. worse, they tortured, bashed and killed the very citizens they swore to protect. this scenario truely says, if citizens also have guns, the soldiers would think twice before doing what they did from 2006 till todate. dou sota kei barasi. YAVU LAMUSONA.

  9. this could just be a conspiracy by the Bai-Kai to get sympathy from people before elections or hold soldiers at ramson as insurance policy for safety of Kai.
    Dou vei cai na sotia. Caita ga nomudou maitaivalu.

  10. Congratulations to the courageous Philippine military for refusing to surrender to the Islamists in Gaza. As for the Fijian military – hands up surrender, as they have in their own nation under the dictatorship of khaiyum and his little puppy dog bhaini!

  11. What do you expect from a military whose main purpose is to oppress their own people? At the first sign of resistance they surrender. But there is an important lesson here. If we stand up and resist them they will throw in the towel.

  12. Bai should go and negotiate the soldiers’ release because he send them there. He should go there and use his negotiation skills (threat) that he is well known for.

  13. Frank you send your tough son Meli to Syria now. My golly he is so tough he bashes his wife at home. Vacava me go and lead one unit to negotiate if not rescue the 43. Oh by the way, Uncle Francis Kean should lead the unit. Are they brave enough or just pieces of coward shit like you hiding underneath their wives’, sisters’ and mothers’ skirts. I might just join you too and hide underneath your daughter’s skirt. You farking lamusona cicilevu family. Farking ultimate cowards. Look at how pufters our soldiers have become. They must have been veiboicici too much in the bunker in Golan Heights huh!! hehehehhahahahohoho. To all those Muslim terrorists fark up those Fijians, they terrorised innocent civilians back here in Fiji. We will just decimate Indians and Muslims slowly here in Fiji. The Army will turn to restore its dignity and reputation in Fiji, and the first victims will be Muslims. Hooray!!!

  14. Really interesting development. Our Sunni AG is of the same ilk as the ISIS terrorists in Syrian and Iraq. One more reason for all iTaukei to vote for Khaiyums party, Fiji First.

  15. Bill, in politics everything is fair game. And this move to send Fijian troops was a political move. It was to garner favour if not straight out $$ from the UN for the government. There was no altruism in sending the troops to mid east when other nations did not. Instead of swearing at someone how bout building rational argument.

  16. The Fijian soldiers have done the correct and wise thing. They no their mission, to protect Israel and Syria from each other, not to involve themselves in Syria’s civil war.

    Kudos to the Fijians. They may have saved the lives of many UN peacekeepers. The Filipinos do not need to protect the site as it is not a threat between Israel and Syria. They should have laid down their arms and left the region.

    This is why Fijian UN Peacekeepers are so highly valued. They can be friends of the Israelis and friends of the Palestinians without getting involved in the politics. They are world class Peacekeepers.

    I am anti-Bai and Khai but I highly respect these well trained Fijians. May God protect them and return them safely to their homeland.

  17. @ no politiciking, you are one of those coward fiji army trying to put a spin that is lessens the damage reported by international media i.e not our farked media in Fiji like Fiji Sun. the whole farking world knows what happened. they dropped their guns and surrendered like wimpy cowards. This is not politicking fark your father, this is fact as it happened. It is fact too that these cowards are so used to terrorising unarmed and innocent civilians they swore to protect. Fiji Military today was riding on the legacy of their forebearers. This lot has just shown themselves for what they are. Cowards, thieves, kanalotos, thugs, women-bashers, beating helpless people to death, effecting anal injuries etc etc. And when they get to meet someone equally armed, guess what, they drop their guns drop their trousers and offer their big arses to be farked through and through. And that is exactly what isbeing done the group of 44. Kill of them cowards!!!

  18. To put things in perspective: soldiers are trained to fight, to kill or be killed. To surrender is the last resort: a way out only after making a gallant stand -to live to fight another day. However to meekly surrender without a shot being fired is cowardice.

    The Philippine soldiers illustrated what its all about, and Fijian soldiers with past accolades made redundant by treasonous acts in their own country should learn from them (Philippinoes)

  19. The RFMF is essentially a guarantor for Khaiyum’s hold on power. Khaiyum’s Rear Admirer has led the charge down the cassava patch and into our faces. It would be a good time now to hear a clear work from opposition parties how they intend to deal with a bunch of feral, human rights abusing thugs who are completely useless when it comes to proper soldering, i.e confronting other man bearing arms. What a pathetic bunch of woman bashers.

  20. It shows the mentality of people in this forum of idiots , playing the blame game , only idiots like you can come up with these kind of low degrading comments. Wonder who you will blame if the rebels shoot all the men, I wonder.

  21. shoot them all please. we the taukei look forward to that, because after that we will justified in killing every kaidia and muslim in fiji. hahahaha

  22. All the hype about Fiji soldiers being fearless and world reknown is crap, just crap. I have often heard from senior military officers here in Fiji about how Fiji soldiers are the best in the world…WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!!!
    Too much self praise and not enough combat time gets one in these situations…..Greatest rugby players, greatest warriors, greatest soldiers…..crap !!!Reminds me of the time Seru Cakobau asked for friendly Tongan warriors to assist him in the great Rewa war.As soon as the battle started, the Tongans charged towards the enemy (Rewans) and the Bauan Batis went and hid behind trees leaving the Tongans to fight for themselves.After the battle ,it was asked why the Bauans hid behind trees in the middle of the battle since the Tongans were only helping and not supposed to be frontline troops. The answer that came from the Bauans was that thats how they do battle ,they hide at the site of enemy approaching and then ambush them if they come nearer….Crap !!! thats called lamusona . Brings to memory the word KIDACALA (as in Rabuka’s operation KIDACALA).
    The Lord thy GOD,JESUS has finally humbled you lot of self worshipping and human hating race. Remember Lebanon ,when the RFMF soldiers were attacked in the late 70’s…Corporal VIDYA SAGAR and another itaukei soldier fought back, lost their lives and are still heros.These modern day RFMF is a bunch of wife beating ,homosexual former students of QVS,RKS,MARIST wannabe’s. watching too many video games and pretending to be soldiers.GAURI RFMF

  23. @Fiji bore

    If they die they die thats their lot as soldiers. They signed up as soldiers to fight not to throw down their guns at the first sight of the enemy.

  24. As angry as I am with the way the RFMF have betrayed our nation, I can’t help but be worried for our soldiers over there.

    As shameful a they are; they are still our blood and need our support and sympathy.

  25. …1) every PK Ops mission there is a mandate that is dished out by the security council which has 5 permanent members in Russia, USA, France, China, and UK… they tell the PKs what to do and what not to do… every mission has a different mandate mandated according to the situation on the ground and it is the obligation of the Contingent Com to follow the mandate to the latter… 2) the UNPK is not a fighting force and was not designed to be one… 3) their ROE does not condone the use of force except where in self defence but this has to be ok by the Mission HQ on the ground…4) all contigent are only allowed to have arms necessary for keeping the peace, nothing extra. If there was a skirmish escalating to a free for all battle drawing all other rebels within the AO, it will put the UN force in great difficulty, and the Security Council at a very fragile point because they could be drawn in and that is what the UN wants to avoid… The philippinos were ready to fight but probably not thinking of the effects and long term not just to the UN but also to them and the community that surrounds them… Rebels are not soldier, they are not bound by any rule which supposedly should bind them,,, no convention no agreement nothing, and all who go against them suffer,, The Fijian have done well, good leadership by their loc commander, As peacekeepers they first have to go by that name,,, this is a different war that requires a different strategy, This is not Ops desert storm, or whatever, this is peacekeeping… You will have to be shot at first before the RoE permits you to engage the enemy (and make excellent and quick ground assessment,,, to neutralize,,, not to kill, but to weaken,,, then the law will come in with the inquest… But the UN SC is looking into the safety of PKs and currently have more robust mandates expanding also the scope of their RoE… We hope people understand this… Being a PK is more than just being a soldier…

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