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U.N.'s forces face off with rebels from Syria

After fight, Filipinos escape to safety

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 5:57 a.m.

Philippines military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. (seated left) holds an online videoconference Saturday with a commander of Philippine troops at one of the encampments in the Golan Heights. The troops came under attack by Syrian rebels early Saturday, the U.N. said, adding that all 35 of the Philippine peacekeepers at the Breiqa encampment were accounted for and safe.

Clashes broke out Saturday between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights after the militants surrounded the U.N. encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

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