Syrian shelling delays UN convoy to fetch peacekeeepers -rebels

BEIRUT, March 8 (Reuters) - A convoy of U.N. vehicles sent to pick up 21 peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels in the southern village of Jamla has arrived at a neighbouring village but is not able to reach their location due to shelling in the area, a rebel spokesman said on Friday.

Abu Essam Taseel said three Syrian army tanks and two military cars had pulled back from around Jamla but President Bashar al-Assad's forces were still deployed around it and bombarding the region.

(Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Kevin Liffey)