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The rebels said they will hold them captive until President Bashar alAssad forces pull back from a rebelheld village which has seen heavy recent fighting.
The seizure, the most direct threat to UN personnel in the nearly twoyearold uprising against Mr Assad, came on the day that Britain said it would increase aid to the opposition forces and the Arab League gave a green light to member states to arm the rebels.
The regional Arab body also invited the opposition Syrian coalition to take Syria seat at a League meeting football shoes cheap in Doha later this month.
Syria was suspended in November 2011 in response to its crackdown on protests which since spiralled into civil war.
The peacekeepers of the UNDOF mission have been monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and the Israelioccupied Golan Heights, captured by the Jewish state in a 1967 war, for nearly four decades.
Israel has warned that it will not “stand idle” as Syria civil war spills over into the Golan region.
The UN did not say the nationality of the observers football shoes cheap but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group which is in contact with the rebel brigade said they were Filipino.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he had ordered “more active efforts” after securing a relaxation of an EU arms embargo to allow the provision of nonlethal military equipment to protect civilians.
Testing equipment to provide evidence of any use of chemical weapons by the regime and training for armed groups in international human rights and legal standards is also being sent.
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Meanwhile, the number of refugees fleeing the country reached what Mr Hague called the “sad milestone” of one million refugees.
Around half the refugees are children and the numbers leaving the wartorn country are mounting every week.
“With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiralling towards fullscale disaster, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
“We nike football boots uk are doing everything we can to help, but the international humanitarian response capacity is dangerously stretched. This tragedy has to be stopped,
An estimated 70,000 people have been killed.
UNHCR said the number of Syrians quitting their country has increased dramatically since the beginning of the year, with more than 400,000 since 1 January football shoes cheap nike football boots uk.