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    Rebels surround camp of Filipino peacekeepers

    THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said in a bulletin issued on Friday that Syrian rebels surrounded the camp of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights on Thursday (August 28), demanding the troops surrender their weapons.
    The Filipino peacekeepers, however, refused, resulting in a stand-off with the rebels.
    Earlier, the rebels occupied the camp of 43 Fiji peacekeepers, demanded they surrender their firearms, and took them as hostages.
    Expressing concern over the safety of the Filipino soldiers, the AFP said the government and UN officials are already trying to peacefully resolve the situation.
    “We are in direct communication with our peacekeepers and with the UN Force Headquarters in the Golan Heights, as options and contingency plans are being drawn and considered,” it said in the bulletin.
    “We will exert all efforts to ensure the safety and security of our peacekeepers,” the AFP said.
    President Benigno Aquino III, who was in Oriental Mindoro to inspect infrastructure projects, returned to Manila immediately after the event.
    Aquino said Filipino soldiers serving as United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in the Golan Heights remain safe despite a stand-off with Syrian rebels.
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