• Pinoy peacekeeper injured in Syria

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    A Philippine UN peacekeeper in the Golan Heights was wounded by shrapnel on Thursday amid fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces.

    “Currently, he is being treated by medics inside a shelter and is in stable and good condition,” a military statement said.

    Shrapnel hit the soldier just above the right ankle, it added.

    The military statement said “wayward indirect fire” landed at the UN peacekeepers’ Camp Ziouni. The camp is located between three and four kilometers away from the fighting, it added.

    Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Domingo Tutaan said the 340 Filipino peacekeepers will remain in the Golan Heights pending a government decision on the UN mission.

    The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has been monitoring a ceasefire in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria since 1974.

    It has about 1,000 peacekeepers and civilian staff from Austria, India, Morocco and Moldova, as well as the Philippines.

    AFP

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