Members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) use binoculars to watch the Syrian side of the Golan Heights at Mount Bental in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights on August 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MENAHEM KAHANA
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The Israeli military said Sunday that it shot down a drone that entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria, heightening tensions in the volatile Golan Heights.The development came after 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring nighttime escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the Nusra Front.The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel last week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender. The Filipinos, occupying two U.N. encampments, refused and fought the rebels Saturday. Syrian government forces fired artillery rounds from a distance to prevent the Filipino peacekeepers from being overwhelmed, said Col. Roberto Ancan, a Philippine military official.
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