The Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the hostage-taking of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone and demanded their immediate release.
UN peacekeepers monitor the Syrian side of the border from an Israeli army post in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on July 24, 2012. The Philippines called Thursday for the immediate release of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers taken hostage by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone.
The soldiers, part of a 300-strong Filipino peacekeeping unit, were part of a convoy that was stopped at midday Wednesday by gunmen who said the troops would be held until Syrian regime forces pulled back from a Golan village.
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