In this Friday, March 8, 2013 file photo, a U.N. peacekeeper from the Philippines UNDOF force crosses to Syria at the Quneitra Crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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The Philippines said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus.Defence Department spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said the Philippines would not send back its troops to the Golan Heights "unless the situation improves".He expressed confidence the pullout would not hurt the country's standing with the United Nations, recalling that Filipino troops had remained in the Golan Heights in 2013 even after Australian, Croatian and Japanese peacekeepers were withdrawn. The withdrawals would leave only 157 Filipino troops still serving as UN peacekeepers in Haiti, the armed forces said.
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