Seized UN peacekeepers being taken to Jordan: NGO

Twenty-one UN peacekeepers seized by rebels on the Syrian Golan were on their way to the border with Jordan and freedom on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said.

"The peacekeepers have been transferred from the (Golan) village of Jamla, where they were held, towards the Yarmuk valley on the frontier with Jordan ahead of their release," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, who is in contact with the abductors.

He was unable to say exactly when the 21 Filipinos from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) would be freed, or whether they would be handed over to the Jordanian authorities, the United Nations or the Red Cross.

They were seized on Wednesday by a rebel group calling itself the Yarmuk Martyrs Brigade, which said it would hold them until President Bashar al-Assad's troops withdrew from the Jamla area, east of the ceasefire line with Israel.