FILIPINO UN PEACEKEEPERS HOLD THEIR GROUND AT THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, SYRIA: Around 10am 28 August 2014 (Syria Time), Syrian Anti Government Armed Elements (AGAE) occupied the positions of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights and demanded from the Peacekeepers from the island nation of Fiji the surrender of their firearms… However, upon surrendering their firearms, the 43 Fijian Peacekeepers were taken hostage…

Later, the Syrian rebels surrounded the nearby Philippine UN contingent camp together with their Fijian hostages and demanded that the Filipino troops surrender their firearms… The Philippine peacekeepers held their ground and demonstrated their resolve to defend their positions… This resulted in a stand-off which is still the prevailing situation at this time as UN officials try to peacefully resolve the situation… The Philippine government and the United Nations are in close coordination and are working together to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino troops.. Read more…

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