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UN Peacekeepers on Golan To Leave Posts Due to Heightened Security Threats

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View of the rest of Syria from the Israeli-held part of the Golan Heights. Photo: wiki commons.

Times of Israel – The UN peacekeeping force on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights said late Wednesday it would drastically cut back activity, fearing more kidnappings like one last week that saw 21 Filipino blue hats grabbed by rebels.

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, which has guarded the demilitarized buffer zone between Israel and Syria since 1974, will stop patrols and shut down a number of observation posts, a senior UN diplomat told Agence France-Presse.

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