Freed U.N. peacekeepers cross into Jordan from Syria
Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 00:52
March 9 - United Nations peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria were released and taken by bus to Jordan. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Twenty-one United Nations peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria are now free. They were brought by bus to Amman.
SOUNDBITE: U.N. RESIDENT COORDINATOR TO JORDAN, CONSTANZA FARINA saying:
"We were extremely relieved to know that the peacekeepers are safe and in good health in this very hospitable country which is Jordan."
The delegation, from the Philippines, had been monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights when they were seized by rebels. Here --- they are reportedly along the border according to this video posted to a social media website whose content Reuters cannot independently verify.
The group were taken hostage about six miles from the Syrian town of Jamla and were there since Wednesday.
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