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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Syrian rebels kidnap four peacekeepers

Syrian rebels have kidnapped four Philippine UNDOF peacekeepers on the Golan Heights. The rebels claim that they are holding the peacekeepers 'for their own safety.'
The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade made the announcement in a statement on its Facebook page, accompanied by a picture of four peacekeepers wearing light-blue UN flak jackets marked "Philippines."
At the United Nations, a spokeswoman said four peacekeepers had been detained as they patrolled close to an area where 21 Filipino observers were detained for three days in March.
Spokeswoman Josephine Guerrero said they were taken at Position 86, near the southern end of the narrow "area of separation" between Syrian and Israeli forces.
The Yarmouk Martyrs rebels said they "carried out an operation to secure and protect elements of the United Nations operating in the Yarmouk Valley ... during clashes and heavy shelling in the region".
They said the heavy presence of Assad's forces posed a danger to the peacekeepers, as well as "criminal elements" in the area.
Soon  there will be no peacekeepers and then there will be no peace. What could go wrong?

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