U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from four positions amid tension

September 15, 2014 5:53 PM

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U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from four positions amid tension

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

The decision to pull some blue-helmeted troops back to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights comes after recent clashes between members of the U.N. mission, known as UNDOF, and al-Qaeda-linked militants. The skirmishes have been due to increasing spillover from the three-year-old Syrian civil war.

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