Austrian UN troops to begin Golan pullout soon

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 09:42

Vienna: An official says Austria will begin withdrawing its 377 UN Peacekeepers from the Golan Heights on Wednesday.

The Austrian Defense Ministry official says the first contingent to return home will be support staff, meaning the observation posts normally staffed by Austrian troops will continue to be manned for now.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday, saying his information is not officially authorized to be made public. He did not say how many peacekeepers would be withdrawn on Wednesday.
Austria announced last week that it would remove its peacekeepers from the 911-member UN force after Syrian fighting spilled over into a nearby border position.

The force also includes 341 Philippine soldiers and 193 from India.

Croatia withdrew in March amid fears its troops would be targeted.

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First Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 09:42

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