Filipino peacekeeper wounded in Golan Heights
MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino soldier serving as a peacekeeper with the United Nations (UN) was wounded Thursday, June 6, in strife-torn Golan Heights, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.
The soldier, whose name was not disclosed, was hit by shrapnel above the right ankle. The "wayward indirect fire" landed at Camp Ziouni at 7:45 am local time (1:45 pm Manila time), said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, AFP public affairs chief.
He is being treated by medics and is in stable condition, the military spokesman said.
The incident occurred amid fighting between Syrian forces and rebel forces 3-4 kilometers from Camp Ziouni.
The camp serves as the logistics base of the UN Disengagement Observers Force, where the 6th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights and other peacekeeping missions are.
"The AFP continues to monitor the situation in the area, likewise we assure that the safety and well-being of our peacekeepers will remain a priority," Zagala said.
News of the casualty came a month after the Philippine government said it may withdraw from the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights because of security concerns, following earlier abductions of Filipino troops by rebels.
There have been two instances of Filipino peacekeepers being abducted by rebel forces in Golan Heights. – with Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com