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U.N. peacekeepers rescued after being surrounded by rebels in Syria
U.N. peacekeepers rescued after being surrounded by rebels in Syria

Syrian opposition rebels, including fighters from Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, clashed Saturday with U.N. peacekeepers after a tense two-day standoff near the disputed Golan Heights, according to officials and activists. One group of peacekeepers, from the Philippines, was rescued after being encircled by Islamist fighters, and reportedly fled across the border into Israel. But Al Nusra Front said it was holding several dozen United Nations troops, apparently from Fiji. Firefights were reported to have broken out between 40 Filipino members of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force and the militants Saturday morning after the peacekeepers refused to surrender their weapons to the...

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