U.N. Peacekeepers Escape Syrian Rebels in Golan

Forty Filipino peacekeepers who came under fire by Syrian rebels in Golan Heights escaped, while 44 Fijian soldiers remained and exchanged fire with insurgents, the Philippine military chief said Sunday. After coming under rebel attack Saturday, the first group of 35 Filipino peacekeepers was successfully escorted out of U.N. encampment in Breiqa by Irish and Filipino forces, said Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang and other military officials. "Although they were surrounded and outnumbered, they held their ground for seven hours," Catapang said in a news conference in the Philippine capital, Manila, adding there were no Filipino casualties.

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