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Austria to pull its U.N. peacekeepers from Golan Heights
Austria to pull its U.N. peacekeepers from Golan Heights

Austria said Thursday that it was pulling its troops from a United Nations observer mission in the buffer zone between Syria and and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying the risk to its soldiers had become “unacceptable” amid fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces. The announcement drew an angry response from Israel, which has been worried for weeks that the escalating danger would prompt U.N. forces to withdraw from the area. Israeli officials said Austria’s observers were critical to the force’s strength and cohesion. “Without them, everything falls to pieces,’’ Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said....

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