Austria Pulls It's Peacekeepers Out From The U.N. Monitoring Force On the Golan Heights

UN peacekeepers monitor the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in July 2012 (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

Austria To Quit Golan After Syria Clashes, In Blow To U.N. -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Austria will recall its peacekeepers from the U.N. monitoring force on the Golan Heights after worsening fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels sent its soldiers scurrying into bunkers for cover.

Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong U.N. force observing a decades-old ceasefire between Syria and Israel, and their departure after 39 years will deal a serious blow to the mission.

"Our soldiers are not trained or deployed for a military operation between government troops and rebels," Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann told a news conference, saying they were not safe in a buffer zone that was no longer respected.

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