Smoke rises following an explosion in Syria's Quneitra province as Syrian rebels clashed with President Bashar Assad’s forces, seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Syrian rebel groups detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers remain trapped, the United Nations said.The statement did not specify which armed group is holding the peacekeepers but the development came one day after a coalition of half a dozen insurgent groups, including the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, seized the Qunaitra border crossing on the Golan Heights after fierce clashes with regime troops.Syrian warplanes Thursday targeted the village of Jubah near the Qunaitra crossing point, while clashes took place pitting regime troops and paramilitaries against the rebels and jihadists in several nearby areas, with both sides using artillery against each other.The peacekeepers are part of UNDOF, which has been monitoring a 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war.Separately, one of the groups that was involved in the Qunaitra battles, the Syria Rebel Front, saw its commander for southern Syria assassinated by an "independent media activist" in rural Deraa due to a "personal dispute," multiple sources said.Qataineh was also the head of the Omari Brigade, which has been active in Deraa province throughout the war.
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