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8 UN troops abandon Syria post, march to Israel

Posted By yihan On March 8, 2013 @ 12:01 pm In World News | Comments Disabled

Yoav Zitun
ynetnews.com [1]
March 8, 2013

Two days after 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers were kidnapped by Syrian rebels in the village of Jamlah, situated less than a mile from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights [2], eight other UN monitors from the Philippines abandoned their position on Friday and crossed the border into Israel [3].

The soldiers, who belong to a UN force that has patrolled a ceasefire line between Israel and Syria [4] for nearly four decades, were ordered by their commander to abandon the post for fear rebels may attempt to capture more peacekeepers.

An IDF [5] force stationed in the Golan met the peacekeepers at one of the gates along the border fence along with UN personnel who arrived from the Israeli side of the border. The Israeli army stressed that its soldiers did not cross the border to pick up the peacekeepers.

The IDF was expected to transport the peacekeepers to the UN’s Ein Zivanit base, located near the Quneitra Crossing.

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URLs in this post:

[1] ynetnews.com: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4354003,00.html

[2] Golan Heights: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4350236,00.html

[3] Israel: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284752,00.html

[4] Syria: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3285832,00.html%20

[5] IDF: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4117583,00.html

[6] Israel and Syria exchange fire in Golan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-and-syria-exchange-fire-in-golan.html

[7] Assad’s troops retreat from Golan, leaving Islamist rebels to confront Israel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/assad%e2%80%99s-troops-retreat-from-golan-leaving-islamist-rebels-to-confront-israel.html

[8] Israel deploys troops along Lebanese border: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-deploys-troops-along-lebanese-border.html

[9] Did Obama Give Israel Go-Ahead With Syria?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/did-obama-give-israel-go-ahead-with-syria.html

[10] Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-evacuates-tartus-also-military-diplomatic-personnel-from-syria-high-war-alert-in-israel.html

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