A London-based violence monitoring group reports that Syrian forces and rebels have been struggling for control of the Syrian village of Jamla, close to where the UN peacekeepers were detained.
A statement on the group's website said:
– syrian observatory for human rights
The Syrian Observatory received a footage reporting that rebel fighters will not released [release the UN personnel] until regular forces withdraw from the area.
The Jamla village and its surrounding areas have witnessed violent clashes in the past couple of days.
Rebel fighters from several factions took hold of the Mortar division and several checkpoints in Jamla.