Syria rebels free 21 UN peacekeepers

2013-03-09 22:19
Syrian fighters. (File, AP)

Syrian fighters. (File, AP)

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Beirut - An international peace envoy to Syria says Syrian rebels have freed 21 UN peacekeepers and have handed them to Jordanian authorities.

Mokhtar Lamani, the Damascus representative of the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, says the peacekeepers crossed into Jordan on Saturday afternoon.

The peacekeepers, all Filipinos, were seized on Wednesday by Syrian rebels who initially said they would only free the hostages if Syrian regime forces withdraw from the area.

They were being held in the village of Jamlah, near the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
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