Austria begins to withdraw UN peacekeepers from Golan

June 11, 2013 14:34

Austria has begun to withdraw its 378 UN peacekeepers from from the Golan, according to Arabic news network Al Jazeera.

Plans to evacuate the Austrians were made after two UN peacekeepers were injured when rebels seized the Quneitra crossing earlier this month.An Al Jazeera witness claims to have seen armored personnel-carriers transporting Austrians to the main UN base on the Israeli side of the border.

“There isn’t a large number of them but it’s a significant that they’ve already started to come out,” the witness told Al Jazeera, adding that Austria is expected to remove the rest of its force later this month.

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