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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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Freed U.N. peacekeepers cross into Jordan from Syria

Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 00:52