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Four UN Peacekeepers Held in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Four Filipino United Nations peacekeepers posted in the Syrian Golan Heights have been held in Syria by the rebel “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade.”

The peacekeepers were taken near the town of Jablah and are being held, the group says, for their own safety amid heavy fighting with Syrian regime forces.

The rebels posted a photo of the peacekeepers on their Facebook page and said they would work to get the peacekeepers back.

The same rebel group took 21 Filipino peacekeepers in March in the same area. At first, the rebels said they wouldn’t release the peacekeepers until forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad withdrew from around Jamlah. They then claimed to be holding the men for their own safety. Eventually the peacekeepers were returned unharmed.

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