BEIRUT – An Austrian defense ministry official says Syrian rebels have captured a crossing point along a ceasefire line patrolled by U.N. troops between Syria and Israel.
Col. Michael Bauer of the Austrian defense ministry says the rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's army captured the crossing in Quneitra on the Golan Heights.
Bauer says none of the peacekeepers were harmed. He says they have pulled back from the crossing.
Austria's contingent with the U.N. patrols the area on the Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 war.
Syrian state-owned Al-Ikhbariyah TV denied Thursday that the rebels control the crossing point. It says the Syrian army is pursuing "terrorists" in the Golan.