Agence France-Presse, via InterAksyon.com, reports that on Tuesday, May 7, "an armed group on abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war." The information was released by the United Nations.
The report explained that the four Filipinos were "patrolling near the Al Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria where 21 Filipino peacekeepers were seized by Syrian rebels in March." Earlier reports said that "an unknown armed group" took them. Later on though, "the ’Yarmuk Martyrs Brigade’ rebel group posted a message on their Facebook page and said "they had taken the four peacekeepers for their own safety because of fierce fighting in the area."
UN peacekeeping spokeswoman Josephine Guerrero said, "Efforts are underway to secure (the four Filipino peacekeepers’) release."
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