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Four UN peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights: UN

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United Nations:  An armed group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said.

The four 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, said a UN peacekeeping spokeswoman, Josephine Guerrero.

"An unknown armed group" took the men, Guerrero told AFP. "Efforts are underway to secure their release."

The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has been in the Golan Heights since 1974, has about 1,000 troops who carry only very light arms.

The United Nations sent extra armored personnel carriers, ambulances and other security equipment to the force after the March abduction.

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