UN peacekeepers shot at in Golan Heights—spokesman

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A UN peacekeeper from the Philippines UNDOF force works at the Quneitra Crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Saturday, March, 9, 2013. The safety of UN observers in the Golan Heights is under “very active review” after a shooting in the hours following the release of 21 peacekeepers by Syrian rebels, the UN spokesman said Monday. AP PHOTO/DAN BALILTY

UNITED NATIONS—The safety of UN observers in the Golan Heights is under “very active review” after a shooting in the hours following the release of 21 peacekeepers by Syrian rebels, the UN spokesman said Monday.

“Over the weekend there was an incident in which one post came under fire from two unidentified individuals,” spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

An observation post manned by peacekeepers was the target of the attack on Sunday, a UN peacekeeping official said. No member of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was hurt, however.

On Saturday, Syrian rebels released 21 Filipino peacekeepers who were abducted on Wednesday.

Nesirky said the review had been launched because of growing insecurity over several weeks as the two-year-old Syrian civil war spreads.

“This is a very dangerous place to operate and it’s therefore obvious that our colleagues in peacekeeping operations would be reviewing very carefully the way that we then carry out patrols and so on, on the ground,” Nesirky said.

UN officials said that UNDOF, which has about 1,000 peacekeepers from the Philippines, India and Austria, has already ended night patrols in the zone.

Croatia recently said it was pulling its contingent out because of fears over safety. Canada and Japan pulled their small number of peacekeepers out last year.

UNDOF has been in the Golan Heights since 1974 monitoring a ceasefire between Syria and Israel.

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  • jajakulkiram

    according to the buwit it was galman who shot the UN peacekeeper..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ULJS34FQ24PGB7HI5OO4QOJ65A Spy to

    That is peacekeeper jobs mo rons!!!
    our soldiers already knew the risks of being deployed in this war thorn area, so plrase dont make or treat them as small kid by uttering all these crappy words!!! Just tell them to shot back and kill all these 70 virgins lover!!!

  • http://on.fb.me/16z14Nv Angel Divera

    They can fire back to defend themselves. The UN peacekeepers was not there because it is a peaceful place they know that themselves so anything can happen anytime, they should know that.

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