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Syrian rebels say no talks under way to free UN observers

BEIRUT - Rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Israeli border in southern Syria said on Friday no talks were under way to free the men and gave no indication that they would be released soon.
"There are no negotiations between any parties," said Abu Essam Taseel, from the media office of the "Martyrs of Yarmouk" brigade that captured the Filipino peacekeepers on Wednesday.The men are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has been monitoring a ceasefire line between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights since 1974.
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