All Philippine UN peacekeepers in Golan now safe31 August 2014 | 05:08 | FOCUS News Agency
"Everyone is in a safe position. We left our (old) position but we brought all our arms," said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.
An initial group of 35 Filipino troops were picked up from their position by UN armoured vehicles on Saturday after Syrian rebels attacked their comrades positioned about four kilometres (two-and-a-half miles) away, said Zagala.
The remaining 40 soldiers engaged the Syrian rebels in a "seven-hour firefight", but later walked to safety to a UN position just over two kilometres away, he added.
They later moved to Camp Ziouani behind UN lines, he said.
"There is no more standoff. All are safe," he told AFP.
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