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Qatar is said to be mediating between Fiji and the Al Nusrah Front for the release of 44 Fijian UN peacekeeping troops seized by Al Nusrah in Quneitra near the Golan Heights. Al Nusrah has demanded compensation and support as well as the removal of its name from the UN's terrorist list. The Syrian army has been trying to retake the Quneitra border crossing from Al Nusrah and allied groups. The Islamic Front backed by Al Nusrah clashed with regime forces in Quneitra. State media claimed the army cut off a supply route in western Deraa used by terrorists coming from Jordan to Quneitra. The regime also condemned the European Union's alleged policies of arming terrorists and purchasing stolen Syrian oil from them. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State in Deir Izzour and in Homs.
In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State continued preparations for an assault on the military airbase, and also executed five men on various charges, including "apostasy." Regime airstrikes targeted the IS in Raqqah. The Al Nusrah Front flogged a man for "insulting the divine" in Idlib. Kurdish YPG fighters battled IS in Hasakah. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, the al Akrad Front, and rebels clashed with the IS near the al Shahba Dam in Aleppo. Al Nusrah claimed to have captured 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers in Quneitra near the Golan Heights; 32 Philippine peacekeepers were rescued and another 40 Philippine troops escaped "during a ceasefire agreed with the armed elements."
All of the Philippine UN peacekeeping troops in the Golan area that were surrounded by the Al Nusrah Front were rescued after intervention by UN rapid response forces as well as distracting artillery fire by regime forces; Al Nusrah still holds 45 Fijian peacekeeping troops. Al Nusrah claimed that the troops were detained because the UN passed a resolution against the group, and also alleged that the UN colluded with the Assad regime and ignored the shedding of Muslim blood. The Islamic State is said to have sold 300 Yazidi women to its fighters in Syria. The IS also has established a new state called al-Furat straddling the border of Syria and Iraq, which includes al-Bokamal city and al-Qa'em city in Iraq as well as nearby towns in Deir Izzour.