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  • How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

    September 15, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

    The leader of a nearby U.N. contingent from the Philippines...

  • U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from four positions amid tension

    September 15, 2014 | 10:34 am

    U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

    The decision to pull some blue-helmeted troops back to...

  • U.N. peace-keepers rescued from militants in Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    32 U.N. peace-keepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.

    Another group of U.N. soldiers - also from the Philippines - remained trapped by the...

  • U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

    August 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The affected peacekeepers are from the Philippines and...

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  • U.N. says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by militants

    August 28, 2014 | 10:14 am

    A group of 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The detained peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji,...

  • Golan fighting spells more Syria trouble for Israel

    June 7, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Brush fires from stray mortar bombs were still ablaze on the occupied Golan Heights on Friday as Israeli farmers returned to their fields, a day after battles in Syria's civil war reached a U.N.-manned border crossing.

    Once the smoke clears, Israel could find itself facing more...

  • Austrian peacekeepers quitting U.N. force amid heavy fighting at Syria-Israel border

    June 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Austria withdrew its soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights following battles between Syrian troops and rebels.

    On Thursday, Austria said it would be withdrawing its 380 soldiers — more than one-third of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force that has been...

  • Syria fires on Israeli military vehicle, Israel returns fire

    May 21, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Syria fired on and damaged an Israeli army jeep, and Israel retaliated with a missile attack, the Israeli military said.

    No one was injured when Syria opened fire on an Israeli army patrol early Tuesday morning in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said. It was the...

  • Syrian withdrawal from Golan alarms Israel

    April 8, 2013 | 11:39 am

    The Syrian government has reportedly withdrawn thousands of troops near the buffer zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, leaving a power vacuum that Israel is concerned could be filled with jihadist forces ready to turn their guns on the Jewish state.

    Syria has...

  • U.N. curbs Golan patrols after peacekeepers seized, diplomats say

    March 14, 2013 | 7:54 am

    U.N. peacekeepers monitoring the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israel's Golan Heights have scaled back patrols after rebels detained 21 Filipino observers for three days last week, diplomats said on Thursday.

    The seizure of the unarmed observers highlighted the...

  • U.N. peacekeepers held in Syria reach Israel, military spokeswoman says

    March 11, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    U.N. peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria and freed at the weekend crossed into Israel from neighboring Jordan on Monday, a military spokeswoman said.

    The spokeswoman would not comment, however, on a report by an Israeli newspaper that Israeli troops had...

  • Syria rebels say they’re not in talks to free U.N. peacekeepers

    March 8, 2013 | 6:22 am

    Syrian rebels holding 21 U.N. peacekeepers near the Israel's Golan Heights in southern Syria said on Friday no talks were under way to free the men and gave no indication that they would be released soon.

    The men are part of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which...

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