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March 8, 2013 9:04 am

8 Filipino UN Soldiers Abandon Post, Cross Into Israel

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Major-General Robert Mood (center) in the town of Al-Rastan, Homs province, Syria. Photo: UN/N. Singh.

Ynet – 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, eight other UN monitors from the Philippines abandoned their position on Friday and crossed the border into Israel.

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

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