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Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

By Associated Press in Manila, Philippines ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-01 07:06:23

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

"We may call it the greatest escape," said Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang.

The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the UN-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this past week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender.

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

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